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Keep Your Resolution!

Time has passed since you made your New Years Resolution, but are you sticking to your promise?

Recent polls show more than 50% of Americans are more committed to appreciate their loved ones and spend more time with their family and friends in the New Year. Another popular decision that many of us made privately to ourselves was to get fit. Ironically, most of us have the same goal but each of us requires a different process in order to trim down or to stick to an exercise routine.

In fact, statistically, after the first week of making our promises to ourselves, only 75% of us actually keep our resolutions, which means that one out of four of us have already given up in the first seven days. The second week, close to one third of us lose our willpower and we return to the same bad habits we had before. Of those of us who fail at keeping our promise, 80% drop the ball because we are so concerned with the actual thought of "what if I fail? What if I can't keep my resolution?" and of course we don't.

If you have failed, start again, but this time, try applying some strategies that have worked to keep your resolution:

  • Take small steps and try not to make your promises an overwhelming change.
  • Set just a few goals. Sometimes too many resolutions become too much to manage.
  • Once you resolve to make your small manageable goal, make a realistic plan to execute that goal and work your plan.
  • Sometimes the toughest part of keeping a resolution is the level of commitment required. Become consumed with your promise to yourself, be determined to its success and take it one day at a time.
  • Keep yourself in a resourceful state by remembering other times when you successfully kept your resolution and had strong willpower.
  • Set benchmark dates to acknowledge your progress and reward yourself for accomplishing your goal.
  • And sometimes, it?s easier to be accountable to someone else. Find a partner who would be disappointed if you failed. This will add to your incentive for success.