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New Year’s resolutions are an annual tradition for millions of people and the odds are good that you’ve made and broken resolutions several times. You CAN succeed with your resolutions and it may be easier than you think.

Sample Resolutions

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are:

  • I want to lose weight.
  • I will exercise more.
  • I will eat healthier.

The problem with each of the above is that there is no set goal and no action plan on how to achieve weight loss, fitness, increased earnings or a better relationship. If they were phrased like:

  • I will lose 10 pounds in the next 30 days and 50 pounds this year.
  • I will take a 30 minute walk 3 times a week and lift weights for 30 minutes a session 3 times a week this year.
  • I will include one additional vegetable or salad in my daily meals OR I will replace 1 fast food meal per week with a soup and salad bar meal.

The difference between the first list and the second is the ability to define the goal and set an action plan so success can be achieved.

It’s much easier to see that the second set of resolutions have clearly defined goals. The person that says they’re going to lose 10 pounds in 30 days can measure their progress. Ten pounds breaks down to an average weight loss of 2.5 pounds per week and you can both achieve this goal AND measure your progress.

When you can measure your progress, you can see your success or lack of success in anything and this makes it easier to stay on track.

Will you slip back into your old habits? Absolutely! The trick is to acknowledge that you’ll stay on track only about 80 percent of the time, at most. Simply get yourself back on track and continue without berating yourself for straying.

You are human and you are trying to correct bad habits that have been part of you for months, if not years, so plan for success and work towards it regardless of the resolution or obstacles.

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