Have you had trouble keeping your New Year’s resolutions in the past?
If so, you’re not alone. Most people who make resolutions fail to keep them. Here are ten ways to make and keep your 2017 New Year’s resolutions — or any changes in your life.
1. Make resolutions you care about. Be certain the change you want to make really matters to you, and that it’s not just something you think you “should” do.
2. Be specific and concrete. Not “I want to lose weight” but “I want to lose five pounds by March 15.” State your goals in measurable and attainable terms.
3. Make the time. If you want to exercise three times a week, write the dates and times in your calendar.
4. Easy does it. Start slowly. Don’t expect to run a marathon by February if you can’t make six miles now.
5. Do it differently. If you’ve made the same old resolution for ten years and never been able to keep it, do something different this time. If nothing changes, nothing changes.
6. Accentuate the positive. Better to say what you can do rather than what you can’t. Instead of “no
fatty foods,” say “nonfat milk and fruit for dessert.”
7. Start over if you need to. Don’t let a slip cause you to quit the whole program. Like the song says, “pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.”
8. Share your resolutions with a buddy. It’s easier to exercise with a friend, join a book club with your sister-in-law, or quit smoking in a supportive group.
9. Believe in yourself. Use positive self-talk, affirmations, encouraging notes on the bathroom mirror.
10. Celebrate your successes. Congratulate and reward yourself!
Wishing you a prosperous, happy, healthy 2017!
By Valerie Dawson,
Certified Hypnotherapist Creator of
Hypnotic Visualization Guided Audios