Ready, set, go! let’s start the New Year right. For as long as Kim could remember she’s made numerous New Years resolutions but has never stuck to any one of them. One year she resolved hereself to losing a few pounds and paid for a 12-month gym membership; she quit after the first few months. Another year she vowed to eat healthier by purchasing a full month’s supply of food from a popular weight loss program; after the first week she winded up returning everything because she didn’t like the way the food tasted. And last year, she put herself on a strict spending budget and locked away all of her store credit cards. So why did Neiman Marcus send her a credit card in the mail with a $5000 limit? The very next morning Kim was at the store with her new card ready to buy her Jimmy Choo Snake and Mesh booties. Kim wondered if there was anything she could ever commit to. She’s grown tired of her own broken promises.
Kim’s dilemma probably sounds quite familiar. We all usually go into a new year with good intentions of wiping the slate clean or getting back on the right track of life, but many of us also know that part of the way through our intended plan or goal we lose steam. Could it be because our focus is all wrong? Or could it be because we don’t know how to stay motivated?
Regardless of what answers we come up with, help is here! sometimes we just need little reminders of what is truly important when making decisions to change certain habits in our lives. Here are a few of those reminders to give you a jumpstart towards developing that new plan of action this year:
- Practice Forgiveness- In order to move forward and leave behind the past, you must learn to forgive others as well as yourself. To forgive doesn’t mean that you are compromising what you believe in. It only means that you are letting go of past hurts and mistakes so that you can progressively move on towards a more positive and productive future.
- Take Small Steps Towards Your Goals- One of the reasons many New Years resolutions aren’t fully carried out is because we tend to rush in with full force, instead of breaking our goals down into smaller, more obtainable and actionable steps. For example, if your goal is to lose weight in 2011, break it down to total pounds you plan to lose and how many pounds you will lose each month to get to your goal weight. Another example is if you want to cut out certain foods that are bad for your diet, start with baby steps. Cut one thing at a time within a specified timeframe as opposed to going cold turkey.
- Value Quality Over Quantity- It’s great to want to have the world on a platter, but keep in mind that having more of something doesn’t always mean you are getting the best value. Take into consideration the saying that “less is more.”
- Maintain a Proper Balance- In order to insure that your plan of action stays on track, make sure that everything is properly aligned. Keeping goals and plans in balance insures that you are focused and keeping your “eyes on the prize.”
- Take More Risks- Don’t be afraid to throw caution to the wind sometimes. Take a chance by doing something outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be happy that you did.
- Stay Positive and Motivated!- Positive affirmations are an excellent way to keep focused on your plan. Also, you can seek out a strong support system of encouragement from family and friends. Take on a buddy partner as well and motivate one another to stay on track. You can do it!