Let’s Be Realistic Here
Review the different areas in your life and think about what is working as well as what isn’t. Whether it’s a common resolution like losing weight, giving up smoking or an unusual one, like not using your floor as a closet. Whatever it is choose an area that you know needs improvement. Think long term and make sure it’s something you can realistically see happening. And reduce the amount of resolutions you make – hone down that list of 10 resolutions to just one or two, or be prepared to approach your resolutions one after another rather than all at once.
Write Down Your Resolutions
Once you have decided on your achievable resolutions, write them down. You could even make a contract with yourself stating what you will set out to do and sign it to make it official. Writing down the resolutions creates a greater connection between your thinking self and your doing self and makes the resolution appear more real than if you simply think it in your head. Write it on a sticky note and stick it on your bathroom mirror, so you see it everyday. Don’t let your resolution fade to the back of your mind after a couple weeks, keep it fresh.
Make The Change Gradually
A resolution is unlikely to be enduring if you implement it in its totality the first day. Giving up your favorite daily treats cold turkey will probably cause you to think about them endlessly and finally give in to resuming eating them. Instead, slowly wean yourself off the treats by eating less of them each week, until you are no longer including them in your daily eating regime.
Get Some Support
Tell a friend or your loved ones whom you trust about your resolution. They will provide you with support and keep you focused on your goal. And if you are wavering at all, their support will ensure you don’t give up, just in case you feel like a quitter. Having someone working on the same thing, as you will help both of you with sticking to your resolution. Team up; it’s always easier to follow through with something when someone else is relying on you as well.