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New Year’s Resolutions: Staying the Course

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The beginning of a new year is a great time to make new promises, set new goals and work on new plans. Done safely, wisely and properly, you may really get somewhere this time. Here are some tips to help you follow through with those New Year’s Resolutions!

Be realistic.

Expecting to lose 100-lbs or read 100 books in a couple months is not only unrealistic, it can also be unhealthy. If you aim toward sudden life-altering goals, you’ll likely become discouraged if you don’t succeed, and you may give up entirely. For more tips on following through on your fitness goals, check out our article, Healthy Promises for the New Year: Think Fitness, Not Fatness.

Start small.

The key to sustainable life change is to start small. Shocking adjustments can be jarring to your system and your mental state. Baby-step changes are easier to sneak into your schedule, allowing them to fall in line with your habits and daily routine. Gradual changes increase the opportunity for long-term success.

Be grateful.

While you’re taking stock of all the things you want to change about your life in 2018, don’t forget to count your blessings. Take a moment to consider all you already have and what you’ve already accomplished. Make a mental list of things to be thankful for. This type of optimism will help propel your passion and enthusiasm toward further improvement.

Go 30-for-30.

New Year’s Resolutions can seem rather intimidating when you try to tackle too much life-change overnight. For those of us that benefit from bullet-point lists, consider a 30-for-30 approach. Bite-sized goals can lighten the load on your quest for personal improvement. Take on any of these challenges for a solid 30 days.

Cut yourself some slack.

If you fall off the bandwagon or make a mistake, don’t kick yourself. Self-loathing only leads to negativity, pulling you further away from the positive outlook you need to make healthy, life-long improvements. If you hit a bump in the road, dust yourself off, cut yourself a break and keep going. ❖

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