Monday, January 4, 2010

Make a Resolution that Sticks!

(As heard this morning on Calvary 88.5 KLJC)

Let’s face it: New Year’s Resolutions aren’t hard to make, they’re hard to keep. The first step is to make a resolution that has a chance! Follow these 3 simple rules when making your New Year's Resolution (NYR) and get ready to reach your goal!

  1. Set a goal. According to Psychology Today, if you make a resolution, you are 10 times more likely to succeed the desired outcome. So write your resolution down in specific terms. (ex: I will lose 15 pounds by June 1st. I will quit smoking using the patch by March 15th, I will eat two fruits and four servings of vegetables every day.)
  2. Be reasonable. Just as important as setting your goal is making sure that your goal possible and something that you want to do. If eating more fruits and veggies does not appeal to you on any level do not make your resolution to eat more fruits and veggies just because you know it’s good for you. If you want to lose weight, remember that you can only safely lose 1-2 pounds per week, so don’t make your goal to lose 100 pounds by February 2010. Setting goals like this will just ensure another failed NYR. Find something you can be passionate about and go for it.
  3. Have a game plan. Sure you have your ultimate end-game goal, but knowing how you’re going to get there is super important. This might mean hiring a personal trainer, joining a gym, signing up for a weight loss program, buying nicotine patches or doing research about how to make your goal on the Internet or at the library. Whatever you do, make sure that you have the tools to achieve your goal.

So now you have your NYR, check back soon for some tips on how to succeed at your resolution.

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1 comment:

  1. I heard you this morning on Calvary 88.5 and just wanted to check out your site. Thanks for all the good tips. God Bless.