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Five Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions a Reality

It’s a New Year and A New You. And You probably have all these new ideas and things you want to accomplish. With a good plan, a little self-motivation, and persistence, you CAN make your dreams and goals a part of who you are and no longer just New Year’s resolutions.
Here are FIVE ways to make your dreams a reality:

1. Start with only ONE resolution


You may have many ideas about what you would like to accomplish in the New Year. But if you start with too many at one time, you will become overwhelmed with all the new changes, and then you will not be able to achieve any of them. You must make one new goal part of your routine before you throw in another one. Once you feel confident that you are mastering your new goal, maybe a week to a month later, maybe 3 to 6 months later, then add another companion goal.

2. Plan Ahead


If you want to be successful in making your new goals stick, you must plan. Take out your calendar and write it down. When will you achieve this goal you have in mind? What time of day? How many days a week? Make a list of what you want to accomplish and then add it to your calendar. Check off each item after it is done, and reward yourself at the end of each week or month.

New Year's Resolution

3. Set Realistic Goals


If your goal is to learn a new language, don’t say I will speak fluent Italian or French by the end of the year. Instead, set a time to study each day, every day until the end of the year. And before long, you will be saying Buongiorno or Buon Jour!

4. Replace a negative habit with a positive one


For example, if you are trying to stop watching television and instead study, use your brain’s natural reward system. Reward yourself with a thing you enjoy while not watching television and instead studying. We all love to celebrate our accomplishments. Use a nice cup of tea or a piece of dark chocolate. Reward yourself each time you do what you are supposed to do, and you will change your resolutions into the new habits you desire.

5. Change your Environment to reflect your goals


Our environment can give us reminders of what we are to do. If you are trying to eat healthier, remove all the unhealthy food from your cupboard or refrigerator or move it to the back. Replace this food with healthy food items and make it look pretty in nice bowls. If you are trying to study a language, put the book right beside your bed, on your favorite chair. Use these visuals as reminders to the new you. If you want to write that book, set up your desk for writing. Make time each day to write so many words. By the end of the year, you will be closer to your goals or maybe even finished.

So, what are your New Year’s Resolutions? We would love to hear about them here in the comments section.

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