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New Year’s Resolution Self Check

It’s now the second week in January; how are you doing with your New Year’s

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Photo Credit to Iwan Gabovitch

Resolution?

If you are having trouble getting motivated, you are definitely not the first and you will most certainly not be the last.  As a matter of fact, a 2007 study states that nearly 88 percent of all New Year Resolutions fail.

Don’t let this unsettling statistic discourage you!  We have tips to help you succeed:

  • Focus on only one resolution

Many people use the New Year as an opportunity to make several resolutions.  While this is very ambitious, it may actually deter you from achieving your goals.  By setting multiple resolutions, you very well maybe spreading yourself too thin.  Rather than making two or three resolutions, just make and focus on one.

  • Set realistic, straight forward goals

One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to lose weight; again, very ambitious, but not very specific.  Rather than giving yourself a generic goal, be more definite.  Your new New Year Resolution could be to lose 1 pound a week or 5 pounds in a month.  By setting specific goals, you will set yourself up for success.

  • Don’t give up

Did you know recent studies show that it takes at least 66 days to form a habit?  This means that if your New Year’s Resolution is to exercise more, don’t be surprised if you struggle to get started.  Just keep reminding yourself of your goal and be patient.  If you can make it until March 6, you can rest assured that your habit will stick with you.

No one said keeping a New Year’s Resolutions was going to be easy.  How do you plan on keeping your New Year’s Resolution in 2012?

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