To make your New Year's resolution last this year, make your resolution do-able and really specific.
It is not enough to make broad pledges such as "I want to lose weight this year" or "I want to get fit and toned".
Chances are you've made those kinds of pledges before. And sure enough, you will enthusiastically adopt a new food trend or 'do' another diet or two plus 'start' exercising (again).
You will lose weight.
But you will probably regain that lost weight plus more. This will happen if you don't back up your dream, your vision and your pledges with very specific written plans.
Plans that are easily built into your everyday life.
Plans that help to knock old bad habits hard on the head.
Plans that you will and can do easily and consistently.
Plans that look beyond the scales and weight loss as a goal.
Plans that become new habits.
here are some examples of how to write your plans and what you might work on to be successful with your resolutions:
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2. Beside each of the three habits, write down something realistic and easy that you can do (realistic and easy) to change the old habit - a strategy or tactic
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It takes 12 months or more to bed down a new habit and change an old one.
Practise. Practise. Practise the strategy to form the habit. It takes time.
Simply replace any reference to eating and drinking or weight loss with another goal.
Here are some ways to be successful with your resolution to: "I am going to get fit this year"
1. Write down 3 specific "activity habits" that you need to work on.
2. For each one, write down something realistic and easy that you could do to change that habit.
3. Now set to it and practise the techniques you wrote down at step 2.
This mastery technique applies at all times of the year whenever you want to turn ideas, dreams and goals into reality and firmly planted into your life.
P.S. Do not tell the world of your goals. Rather than strengthening your resolve to succeed and reach your dream goal, an early announcement dilutes your attempts and effort. Tell only a few important people; people who will support you. Don't announce it on FaceBook and Twitter, in forums, or tell random people what you are planning to achieve.