Do you make resolutions every year only to find that your resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Research shows that most resolutions don’t last past the second week of January. Why? That’s what this article is going to concentrate on, and how you can keep your resolutions on track.
The most popular resolutions are to lose weight, stop smoking, eat better, get a better job, start my own business, spend more time with my spouse/kids, you can fill in the blank with your resolution.
One of the main reasons resolutions aren’t kept is that we make too many of them at once.
So, the first step in keeping resolutions is to do them one at a time. Especially for weight and smoking cessation, it is important to take little steps before you get to the main goal. For example, for those of you trying to quit smoking, studies show that long term smokers (10 plus years) have a hard time quitting cold turkey. So, what I did, was to keep a book and I wrote down every time I had a cigarette. Then each day I tried to cut one out. Did I slip sometimes, yes, but eventually I got down to 5-6 a day, and then quit from there. The patches work once you get down to 5-6 a day. Tip: Cut them in half or quarters and they last longer.
The same principles work for diet changes. Eat the foods you like but cut down on the portions and eventually put some healthier foods in your diet. The big thing in weight loss is to moderate what you eat. If you eat dessert every night, try cutting out one night a week for a month, then two, and so on. Eventually cut it down to a couple of times a week or eat low fat desserts. Walking is a great exercise. Try it before you go to work, or during lunch, or after dinner.
As for spending more time with the family. Try to make Sunday a family day. Have a special family dinner night, movie night, game night. Pick things that everyone likes or take turns coming up with themes. You will all have to be flexible. Ladies, your husbands don’t like going shopping, any more than you like their sport watching. Everybody will have to compromise.
While people have all kinds of excuses for weight, smoking, diet, and spending time resolutions, they even have more when it comes to making a change in their profession.
Well, with all of those excuses, of course, it isn’t going to work. If you go into something not believing you will be able to succeed, guess what? You won’t.
Let’s break down those excuses…
They don’t have the time.
Sure they do. They watch Television, play on the computer for hours each night, and for many hours over the weekend. Take a half hour each night or a couple hours over the weekend and you can start do some cooking to change your diet, some relaxation therapy for smoking cessation, plan a workout schedule, start or find a new career/job.
Excuse 2 …It’s too much work
As stated earlier, once you set yourself up, and have a focused plan of your evenings, and weekends you then have to make sure you do what you set out to do. Think of being healthier, looking and feeling better and leaving that job for one you thought you’d have for life. Remember no one but yourself will MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Excuse 3… It doesn’t work
Yes, it does, we are living proof, of smoking cessation, weight loss and also running our own businesses over the years. Unfortunately, during our self employed days, we are too busy to try and convince people who don’t have any motivation to do anything, to do so. If you wish to work at something that doesn’t interest you, or continue to be overweight, tired, and not feeling well, or tired of paying so much for cigarettes, so be it. However, those of us who have made comittment changes, will never go back because we like the control we have over our future, and yes, it does work, however, the secret is, YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO WORK AT IT.
Excuse 4 …It won’t work for me
With an attitude like this one, nothing will. You have to be willing to work at changing your lifestyle. Short of winning the lottery, nothing is just going to drop into your lap.
Remember, take your resolutions one at a time, and eventually you will succeed with them all.