New Years Goals and How to Accomplish Them

Yes, we have all done it, said to ourselves, “starting in the new year I’m going to…” You might start with all the right intentions, then as time goes by old programs set in and we fall back to our old ways, then another year goes by.  How do you avoid this?  I thought you would never ask! 

The most important thing to remember to be compassionate and realistic with yourself.  Are you ready to do what it takes to accomplish your goals?  Be realistic, do not expect to lost 50 pounds in a month, or to change a long-standing pattern over night.  Set out a guideline or and outline of realistic mileposts.  If it is excercising, look at your week and look at when you can pencil it in and do it.  We have this wonderful world of technology, lets put it to good use, set alarms on your cell phone, or in outlook to remind you.  Learn to set boundaries.  If you are used to saying yes to everyone else and your time is being spread to thin, you are going to have to learn to say no.  It hard.  I know!  However, if your goal is important, then setting aside the time to accomplish it is necessary.  Set up priorities.  Also, learn to ask for help.  You do not need to do everything all the time.  If there is something you can parcel out to carve more time, by all means do it!  Listen and trust yourself, this is your intuition.  You know yourself better than anyone does.  You know when your “on” times are, you know, when you are really honest with yourself what holds you back.  Start with listening then bring the behaviors to your awareness.  When you do that more and more, then you can start changing and incorporating them into daily life.  Focus on the positive.  If your goal is to lose weight, imagine how that will feel when you reach your goal.  Imagine feeling your body fit, healthy, full of energy.  When you focus on the positive aspects of your health and goals it motivates you.  If you focus on the negative, it brings you down and you will find excuses not to do it.  Like the book I read to my daughter, the Little Engine That Could, the engine did not think, oh, wow, that hill is way to steep, i can’t do it.  No, that engine said I have never been to the top to the town on the other side, I think I can, I think I can…you can to!

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January 20th, 2008

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