January 1, 2009

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10 Ways to Make a Resolution Stick

Welcome to 2009 and thanks for joining me for another day in my life. I hope you had a safe and great New Year's Eve.

Gary and I ended up staying home for New Year's Eve this year since he had to work a whole shift at work and was exhausted. Since I am quickly approaching 50, I do not enjoy the big New Year Eve's parties like I did when I was younger and single anyway.

Now a lot of us make resolutions for the start of the new year. Whether it is to quit smoking, eat better, exercise more or something else; most of us end up breaking our new resolution usually by the end of January.

Making the resolutions are easy. Making them stick? Not so much. Here are 10 tips to help you keep your resolutions:

1. Write it down. Putting pen to paper is a great way to clarify what it is you want to accomplish. You can use a journal or just write a sentence on an index card that you tape to your mirror.

2. Manage expectations. It is OK to break your resolution in the first week, you just have to be willing to get back on the horse. For many, January just is not the right time. Start fresh in March, or June.

3. Get a buddy to do it with you. Everyone knows it is easier to do things with a partner so grab a friend or family member and work on your resolutions together.

4. Revisit it. You are going to have to review and revise your goals as you go throughout the year.

5. Be SMART. Rather than just toss off a non-specific resolution, set a SMART goal. These goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. If your goals have measurable and specific ends, you will meet them more easily.

6. Do not remove, add. Replace bad habits with good ones. Framing your resolution positively will make you more likely to want to meet it!

7. Make it public. Tell people what you are up to, you will be more likely to stick to it.

8. Stick to a schedule. If you plan to exercise more, for instance, build no less than three workouts into your calendar at a time when you know you’ll be able to actually do it.

9. Create a vision board. It might sound hokey, but having a visual representation of your goals can really help! Cut out images and phrases from magazines, write out your favorite inspiring quote, grab some photos. Place them all on a poster or corkboard and keep them in plain view.

10. Celebrate! The joy in resolutions is in the journey. Accept that this will be an ongoing process and celebrate yourself and your unique experiences. And if you do not quite get there, there’s always 2010!

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab