5 Tips to Keeping Your Resolutions

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Motivation – you know it’s in you. Why? Because you started. You were motivated to do something and you started the journey. But keeping the motivation? Having perseverance? That’s a heck of lot harder than taking the first step. Anyone can start – but can everyone finish? According to research, only 9.2% of American’s who set New Years’ resolutions actually accomplish them. So how do you do it? How do you join the few, the envied and the totally kick ass people who stick to their resolutions?

Make the Choice. The moment is going to come, more often than you’d like, where your motivation will peace out and leave you all alone and sad on the couch.  In that scenario, you have two options. One, give in. You can give in to the naps, calories, Netflix and the old habits that are calling your name. They’ll probably be telling you (in all honesty) that they are less painful, extremely comfortable and probably more fun than working towards your goal. Or two, you can push forward. John F Kennedy said, “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risk of comfortable inaction.”  Have both the mental and physical capacity to choose to move forward and act, even when you just don’t want to.

Make Time. I once heard that the grown-up version of “my dog ate my homework” is “I don’t have the time.” We all have the same 24 hours in a day – the underachievers AND the overachievers. Having enough time comes down to one simple fact: you don’t find time – you choose it. So choose to make the time to achieve your goals.

Have Patience.  Unfortunately, you can’t order results at a drive-thru and get them at the next window. Results take time and they take patience. It can be hard to keep chugging along when you feel like you’re not seeing or feeling improvements. But keep at it and give small victories the celebration they deserve – it will keep you motivated and help you reach your ultimate victory.

Remember. Remind yourself everyday what your goal is and why you chose it. When dissected, the core of every personal goal is the desire to change an aspect of life that needs improvement. In a nut shell: self-improvement. Unfortunately, as vital as self-improvement is, it so easily gets lost in the day-to-day grind, tossed by the wayside and forgotten. Don’t let life swallow you up with it’s demands – wake up each morning and remind yourself about your goals and of their importance.  Michelle Obama said it best by stating, “we need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to-do’ list.”

Start Today. January 1 has come and gone but really, it’s just 1 day of 365. Every day might not be a new year, but every day is a fresh start. Whether you have slipped up on your New Year’s resolution or simply haven’t made one yet – it’s not too late to start, and it’s not bad manners to start over. So get on it, there’s nothing quite like RIGHT NOW.

#BeBetter #LiveBetter #GetYourProlookOn

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