New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

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I hope you will have the best year ever. Achieve and exceed your goals in professional life and make some money. Love others and be loved in your personal life. Make new friends and fix old relationships. Help others, and when the year is over, you can say it’s better than any before.

New Year’s resolution is a great way to set yourself up for success. One study found that people who make a resolution to change their behavior are 10 times more likely to succeed.

If you want to ensure your success, then do not promise too much. Approximately 60% of people drop their resolutions by the 6-month mark.

If you want to succeed set yourself one or two goals and focus on those. If you want to tackle more areas, then you’ll deplete your willpower and fail to get the results you want.

Health

The primary health goal for most people is to lose weight. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, then your New Year’s resolution should be about your eating habits, not a specific weight goal. With enough willpower, you can starve yourself to your goal. But then the weight will not stay off.

Make a New Year’s resolution that you will eat healthier and focus on changing your eating habits. This way you will lose weight and keep it off.

Eat less fast burning carbohydrates. Sugar, flour, starch. Low carb diet means no pastry, nod potatoes, no milk (lactose is sugar). More veggies, meat, and fat. Yes, fat helps you get thin of you avoid sugars.

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Exercise

Do you know what is one of the most important things you can do to be more fit and healthier? It’s the daily walking habit. You don’t have to run or go to the gym. Just start walking in one direction for 20 minutes and then turn around and walk back.

That’s it!

Every day!

Another thing you should remember is that exercise is not a weight loss tool. When you run 10k, then you lose 700 to 1000 calories. You lose weight in the kitchen, not in the gym or running trail.

new year's resolutions quote Helen Keller

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. — Helen Keller

How to make New Year’s Resolutions That Stick

Make a list of everything – When you are making the New Year’s resolutions go all out. Write down everything you want to accomplish in your life.

Priorities – Next, line your resolutions up in order of priority. What’s most important to you? Select the most important thing you want to accomplish in the coming year and start working on it.

One resolution at a time – Don’t work on more than one resolution at the same time. For example, studies have shown that if you try to quit smoking and lose weight at the same time, then you will most likely fail at both.

Go one by one – If you are making progress on your most important goal then squeeze more New Year’s resolutions in your year. Work with one habit change for 30 to 60 days before you start working on a new resolution. The time it takes habits to form means that the optimal number of resolutions for one year is somewhere between one and five.

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Don’t overdo it! One habit that sticks is worth more than all the other goals that you set but do not achieve.

Everything worth doing takes time – One resource that gets depleted when working with many resolutions at the same time is willpower. The other is time. You will fail if you take on so many responsibilities that they will be impossible to fit into your schedule.

Next steps:

  • Select 5 things you want to change in the coming year.
  • Start working on the most important one.
  • Do it at least for 30 to 60 days or until you feel the habit taking root.
  • Select the next important resolution and start to work on that.
  • Make sure you don’t fail on the first goal.

Repeat the steps until you have everything you want in your life. Sometimes you will fail. When that happens, stop doing the least important habit, and you will lessen the demands on your willpower.

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