Make it stick – achieving success with your 2018 resolutions

New Year resolutions

The New Year is almost upon us.  A common practice is to set your resolutions, jumping in with both feet on January 1st only to fade away and lose steam, motivation and determination by January 31st.  Let’s make 2018 different.  What do you hope to accomplish?  Is it weight loss? To get fit? To save or make more money? To quit a bad habit?  Whatever your desire, write it down.  Now, create a list of the actions needed to accomplish your goal.

What actions will you need to take to be successful in the long term with your resolution? Make the list as detailed as possible, trying to cover every aspect of the actions needed to achieve your goal.  Once you have your list, it is time to come up with a plan.

Instead of jumping in with both feet, instead take daily, consistent action towards the end goal.  Making small changes that are sustainable over time will add up to big changes in the long run.  Major changes made overnight and all at once are harder to sustain.  Pick one or two actions off of your list to incorporate into your life.  Once you are able to maintain these actions consistently, add another action or two into the mix.  Slow and steady progress will lead to longterm commitment and success in achieving your resolution.

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