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At the start of a new year it is common to be filled with optimism, to want to start fresh, and to write down some new year resolutions. The problem, of course, is in keeping them, as we all know, they don't always come into fruition. So, what are some tips that can help us to keep the resolutions we set for ourselves this year? Try the five things below and follow through to a productive year.
1. Write down your resolution somewhere you can see it often. This way you are constantly reminded of your commitment to keep it.
2. Tell someone to hold you accountable to keeping the resolution. Have them meet with you once a week or call you to check up on how you are doing.
3. If possible find someone who also is committing to the same resolution and is willing to do this with you (or find a support group). For example if you and a friend want to workout every day you can schedule a time where you both can do this together.
4. Write down next to your resolution what needs of yours will be met by this resolution. This reminds you of the reasons why this is so important to you. For instance, if you are resolving to no longer smoke you may want to note that this will meet your need to be healthier, to exercise more effectively, to have more predictability in regards to your health and for reassurance that you will not get lung cancer.
5. Imagine what life would be like if you stuck with your resolution and what needs of yours would be met. What would that look like and how would you feel? Reflect on this for awhile and let it motivate you to make it a reality.
Originally posted on 1/2/09.