The Best Advice For Successful New Years Resolutions

January 2012
There is no better time than the present to take stock of your priorities and prepare yourself for the year ahead.
With plenty of motivation, positive reinforcement, and reasonable goals, you can make this year’s resolutions come true. While you want to be successful, you must be realistic in your goal setting.
Reflect on the past year. Reflect on the developments that transpired over the past twelve months and consider how they have influenced you. Envision how to avoid repeating the same mistakes this year. Find opportunities from the negative and learn how to do things differently. 
Write down your achievements over the past year and congratulate yourself on developing and growing as a person.
Form reasonable resolutions. Do not think unreasonably and do not expect to change overnight. Describe your resolutions in specific terms, such as, “I will exercise 30 minutes a day for three days,” or “I will cut down on my television watching to one hour a day”.
Find alternatives to a behavior that you want to change and make this part of your resolution plan. If you smoke to relax but want to quit smoking, find out what other forms of relaxation are available to you.
Set goals. Be realistic in your goal setting by setting achievable goals. Set a goal to lose five pounds per month instead of fifteen pounds per month. Commit to losing weight by resolving to join a gym and improve your eating habits.
Aim for things that are truly important to you, not what you think you should do, or what others expect of you.
Design action plan. Comprise a schedule or a plan that will allow you to meet your expectations of your resolution. Figure out how many days, weeks, or months it will take to meet your resolution. Remember, all resolutions do not have to be met within a year to be successful. Be realistic on your goal setting times.
Think positive and believe in yourself. Keep a positive attitude. Remind yourself that you can do this! Surround yourself with people that have similar resolutions, or that will support your goal.
Have self-motivation. Keep a journal to track your progress and reward yourself each time you meet your goal. Do not get discouraged with every setback. Motivate yourself to get back up again.
Live the best life you can live. Avoid worrying about past mistakes and focus on small changes you can make now. 
Make sure your goals are realistic and that you have enough motivation to achieve them. Write your goals down and keep them in a place where you will be reminded of them often. Get support and encouragement from loved ones. Think positive!
With a little planning and the right attitude, you can put your best foot forward and ensure 2012 is going to be your best year to date!
Good luck and Happy New Year!
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