Tuesday, January 1, 2013

5 tips to avoid resolution abandonment

Welcome, 2013! It's open season: time to leverage that new page in a new calendar which is giving us permission for a fresh start.

Most of us make resolutions for the new year. People have been doing it since some kind of calendar existed. I can imagine people laboring away with pieces of flint, carving their resolutions on the back cave wall.

Sure, they probably were different resolutions than we have now. Then: 'don't get eaten by a big scary animal' vs. now: 'limit Botox treatments.'

There's something that hasn't changed though - we still don't keep most of our resolutions. Why not? Here are the top reasons:
  1. We don't have an accountability coach to hold us to the resolution.
  2. We don't check-in on progress. 
  3. The resolution wasn't something we truly wanted to do or change.
  4. The resolution was just too grand.
  5. You don't believe in yourself or your abilities.
How can you increase your chances of sticking with resolutions? Here are some ideas:
  • Write them down.
  • Get a buddy to keep you accountable and check in with you.
  • Review resolutions monthly if not more often.
  • Resolve to make changes in your life you truly want.
  • Break down a lofty goal into smaller goals you can actually achieve.
  • Reinforce the positive by becoming parts of real and virtual communities that are all about encouragement and align to your goals and objectives.
Here's to a great year, and to achieving your resolutions!
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