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Mid-year/Anytime Resolutions: 7 tips to keep them

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It doesn't have to be January 1st to give yourself a new start. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at freedigitalphotos.net

I always find sticking to resolutions particularly difficult. Or rather, staying with them for a period of time sufficient to confidently say I met my personal challenge successfully.

Of course I can’t speak for anyone else – however, my guess is I’m not alone. We even have a special time of year (New Year’s Day) set aside to make these resolutions. It’s like we intuitively know we almost need something symbolic like a fresh start to the year, to give extra power to our resolutions. However, perhaps you have wondered, like me, why is it that what we are and absolutely going to do with hopeful ambition on January 1st someone loses its power before the end of the month.
No, it would something more is needed to increase the chances of sticking to these committed goals we call ‘resolutions’.

Here are some suggestions that might do justice to awesome intentions and help them take form in real life.

1. Make your resolutions ##realistic##. (see *). Quite simply, if your enthusiasm exceeds your ability than you may disappoint yourself. It’s tempting to want to have idealistic, and very ambitious ambitions.

 If you’re resolutions are realistic, you’re more likely to achieve them. Your consequent success can serve hopefully as a platform to make the next step. (Most resolutions can be broken into smaller goals).

. It can take a while of making smaller goals that will eventually lead to the larger goal (resolution) to reprogram yourself.

 If you’re resolutions are realistic, you’re more likely to achieve them. Your consequent success can serve hopefully as a platform to make the next step. (Most resolutions can be broken into smaller goals).

 If you have more than one resolution, it’s especially important they are realistic for the simple fact described above – resolutions are hard!

A note: Some people do actually find if they try to stick to a larger, overnight change, this actually helps them better to just make that dramatic change.

If you’re not sure whether you’re the kind of person who will find success more changing something all at once, or you would find yourself more confident by breaking your resolutions into smaller ones, you can try the following:

Pick just resolution, and probably not one that will have things affect your life more seriously if you struggle with it. Perhaps try to change it completely first – for example you may follow a stricter healthy diet change. If it works, that’s great and you can stick to it, if it continues to be your goal. If you don’t then you can try more gradual changes to realise your resolution.

If you think you think your confidence won’t be affected too much if you don’t succeed in living by a resolution that represents a big change to the current way you operate, then go for gold at once, certainly!

2. “Get a cheer-squad”. It can be helpful to tell such friends and family about your resolution for support and encouragement.

3. If you have thoughts of breaking your resolution just say to yourself ‘it’s just a thought. Just because I think it, it doesn’t mean it has validity.” (See earlier articles about ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Likewise, feelings of temptations are sure to arise…instead of dreading them, look forward to staring them in the face to conquer them. They are just feelings.

4. Write down the positives that you expect to see in your life now that you’ve made this resolution. Write down any negatives that can now be avoided by your commitment/resolution.

5. Visualise yourself, including all the details, of having succeeded in your resolution. For example, imagine yourself walking up to collect your graduation certificate, or running effortlessly after working on your fitness, or of socially engaging if you’re shy and you wanted to overcome that.

6. Ask yourself why you are wanting to change. This can help make sure you have made this resolution because it’s in line with your personal values, not because the media or someone says ‘you should’.

7. It can help to anticipate any difficulties you may have along the way. This way you can plan how you will deal with them. This is not to discourage, but to prevent things that may undermine your success.

Remind yourself, one big goal is just made up of lots of little steps. And once you’ve made one, the other good news is that it will get even easier!

Once you’ve achieved one resolution, or one part of a resolution, revel and feel your success - you did it!

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