by Vito La Fata
If you are like many people, you have made New Year’s resolutions in the past and then let them slip. Sure, you did okay for a few days, maybe even a week or two. Let me give you four tips on how to keep goals past January.
First, tell someone about them. It is not a good idea to be secretive about your resolutions. If other people know what you are committing to, you will be highly encouraged to put forth the needed effort to reach your goals. Do you want to be more consistent with your marathon running?
The best thing to do is to go ahead and sign up for those races. And then spread the word about your plans. You see, if there are others who know what you are hoping to accomplish, they can provide motivation for you. They can ask you how your training is going and keep you on schedule!
Make a list and keep working it. Do not try to lose 20 pounds or turn your finances around in a month. Be realistic. Here is a suggestion: each New Year, make a list of what you want to make happen in the coming year. For example, “Take a family vacation, pay off a loan, attend a fitness convention, etc.” Be sure to refer to the list often to remind yourself what you need to focus on.
If you slip up in your resolutions, do not let yourself get mired down in frustration and end up quitting. Just quickly get back up. The key is to keep trying. Everybody messes up sometimes. If you did not fall down occasionally, you would not be human! Just keep pushing forward.
And make sure that you reward yourself for reaching your goals. We all love rewards. After you have reached a goal, find a way to congratulate yourself with something that you love. Maybe schedule a massage for yourself, or perhaps buy yourself a new item of clothing.