1. Make resolutions throughout the year, rather
than waiting for New Year’s.
That way you’re likely to set goals that are really
meaningful and compelling, rather than setting goals
for the sake of a holiday ritual.
2. Eliminate recurring resolutions.
Anything you’ve set as a goal before and failed at
probably isn’t going to work any better this time.
Drop it or redefine it to make it more doable and
3. Align resolutions with values.
When goals are in sync with your natural values,
success comes more effortlessly.
4. Cross ‘shoulds’ off your list.
‘Shoulds’ and ‘musts’ are actually other people’s
goals, not yours.
5. Make resolutions specific and measurable.
If there’s no clear finish line, you won’t be able to
know if you’ve succeeded. Vague goals create anxiety
and drain energy.
6. Identify what might stop you from succeeding.
Anticipating possible obstacles means they are less
likely to derail you when you encounter them. Some
will even disappear just by being named.
7. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
Sounds basic, right? You might be surprised. Energy
follows thought, so you attract what you focus on.
Phrase resolutions to express the positive, not the
negative, side of your goals.
8. Make your physical environment do the work.
If you want to watch less TV, put it in storage. If
you want to curb credit card spending, keep them in a
safe deposit box for emergency use only. If you want
to eat healthier foods, make sure that’s all you have
in your house. You get the idea.
9. Visualize the benefits of your goal.
Be specific and clear to yourself about why the
outcome is important and worth attaining. Imagine how
good it will feel. Relish the details.
10. Get support.
Change is easier and more fun when you have a coach to
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About the Submitter:
Coach Deborah Keahey is
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and owner of
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