Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tips to Make Sure You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

As the second half of January approaches, it’s a known fact that a majority of New Year’s resolutions are already on hold for next year. This is the bitter truth for a number of reasons. Maybe you don’t have enough time for the gym, or maybe you were so stressed that you thought you needed a cigarette.

Whatever the case is, you shouldn’t abandon your New Year’s goals so quickly. With hard work, dedication, and a ton of willpower, you can be on your way back to the path of a better you. If you’ve had trouble keeping your New Year’s resolutions so far this year, check out these tips on how to stay motivated to reach your goals and live a more enjoyable life in 2013.

Remind Yourself Each Day


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Many people fail at reaching their New Year’s goals simply because they forget about them. Don’t be this type of person! Remind yourself each day about what change you want to make. Make some motivational mugs from www.minespress.com so you’re reminded each morning that you need to hit your goals for the day.

That way, every morning when you have your cup of coffee, you’ll see what it is that you’re planning to accomplish and be reminded that you want to get there. It’s a cheap and fun way to keep yourself motivated to reach your goals, and with the site mentioned above you can create many different kinds of motivational mugs.


Slow Down

Another one of the more common reasons people fail at reaching their New Year’s goals is because they try and do too much, too fast. For example, going from hitting the gym zero times a week to five days is exhausting, and it may wear you out too quickly and you’ll lose that gym motivation.

Instead, start slow. Go to the gym twice a week, and as you start to feel stronger and weigh less, increase it to a third day. Taking things in moderation is key to success. If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t simply cut everything out of your diet on day one. Taking things slow is one of the biggest keys to successfully keeping your New Year’s resolutions, so if you’ve been moving too fast you should take another look at how you’re approaching things. Take everything one step at a time, and you’ll have a much better chance for success.

If You Falter, Keep on Going

New Year’s resolutions often end up as failures because people believe that one small slip up means everything is ruined. For example, if you’re trying to give up smoking cold turkey, and you broke down and smoked a cigarette, don’t instantly go out and buy a pack.

Just take yourself back to the beginning, and recognize that a step back is likely to happen. But just because a step back happens doesn’t mean that the entire plan is ruined. If you’re having trouble, reanalyze your approach, but don’t stop attempting to succeed.

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