Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!

Like most people I write out my New Year's Resolutions each year. However, I'm usually able to stick with my goals unlike most people who quit 2 weeks to 2 months into the year. How do I do it? Well, it's not rocket science.

First, put your goals/resolutions in writing. Write your goals like they have already happened. More importantly write SMART goals.
S - Specific or simple
M - measurable and meaningful
A - action-oriented, attainable and appropriate
R - realistic and relevant
T - time-based and track able

Next, review these goals often. Each week as you're planning out the week ahead, plan a small step or two that you can take that would move you toward reaching your goal. For example, if you want to lose 20lb in 2009, plan to walk for 15 minutes 2-3 days this week. Then up the amount of time each week or so.

Finally, remember slow and steady wins the race! Many people try to jump in with both feet - going all out. Such as working out 5 days a week for 1 hr a day when you never exercised before, trying not to eat any food when you live off take out, or quit smoking cold turkey. Everyone can use some help and support. It's better to reach your goal a little slower than you wanted than to never reach your goal at all.

What are you waiting for? Today is a new day. A new beginning.

Remember, be specific with your resolutions. Review your goals often, and most importantly slow and steady really does win the race! Follow these simple techniques and you are sure to stick with your resolutions.

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