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Living By Your Resolutions

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Last week we talked about parenting resolutions for 2011 so today we just wanted to share a few tips to keeping those resolutions.

  1. Choose an attainable goal and keep it simple.  Avoid choosing a resolution that you’ve been unsuccessful at achieving year after year. This will only set you up for failure, frustration and disappointment.
  2. Visualize how you will live out your resolution. Sometimes picturing success makes it more attainable.
  3. Make contingency plans: don’t assume sticking to your plan will be easy. Plan on hitting bumps along the resolution road and be prepared with specific ways to overcome them.
  4. Be patient & give it time: most experts agree that it takes about 21 days to create a habit and six months for it to actually become a part of your daily life.
  5. Reward yourself with each milestone. If you’ve stuck with your resolution for 2 months, treat yourself to something special.
  6. Ask friends and family members to help you so you have someone to be accountable to.
  7. Trying turning your resolution into one word that will inspire you. For example if you want to be more patient with your kids so they can experience how much you love them, then love can be your word. If you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, perhaps grow can be your word. Put that word on your refrigerator or someplace where it will remind you of your resolution.

What tips do you have for living your New Year’s resolution?

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9 Responses to “Living By Your Resolutions”

  1. Bekah January 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Great advice! I agree that you can’t go too hard, too fast otherwise you will never stick with the resolution.

  2. Randy Bailey January 6, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    I always make resolutions, & break them the next day. This year I am just gonna take my goals one-day-at-a-time. If I mess up on a day, I will just have to do better the next day.

    • MichelleH January 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

      Randy,
      We love your attitude! Great advice for all of us as we try to become our best selves in 2011!

  3. gina January 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I just dont make resolutions for the new year anymore…I feel that I end up making myself feel too pressured & I inevitably fail after a VERY short time…What works for me is just not doing it & trying to live better every single day not just as a “fresh” year, everyday can be a fresh day with a new start.

    • MichelleH January 10, 2011 at 9:33 am #

      Gina,
      Looks like you have your strategy all set. We like your idea of treating each day as a new opportunity.

  4. kathy pease January 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Thank you so much for the post.I made the resolution to get into shape before summer so I am healthier for my family. I would like to lose about 30 pounds. for christmas I got a treadmill and after christmas started my new journey.so far I have walked every single day 2.7 miles on the tm.I have changed my diet eating lots of veggies with either chicken or fish and no sweets or soda..Just since jan 1 I have been doing all this and feel so much better.by summer I should feel awesome because I want to be around for my family for a long time :)

    • MichelleH January 10, 2011 at 9:30 am #

      YAY Kathy!
      That is a great way to start the year. Thanks for inspiring us to live healthy!

  5. kari jasus January 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

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  6. Katy January 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Still thinking about resolutions — I have been successful in some years and not so much in others. This year, if I can get one thing down really well, I would want it to be getting a better morning routine, so I am not always so stressed out leaving the house. This will have to be a group goal, because I need help from my husband and baby boy to make it happen!

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