Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

Did you know that 4 out of 5 people who make New Year’s resolutions this month will eventually break them? In fact, over 30% won’t even make it to the end of January!

In order to achieve your goals, it is important you don’t repeat the same mistakes as last year. For example, if you struggled with your weight last year, make up your mind that you will defeat this thing and get in the best shape of your life.

Here are some guidelines to remember as you start thinking about your goals:

– Goals must be in writing. Goals that are not written down are just wishes.

– Goals must be measurable. There’s a big difference in saying, “I want to lose weight” and saying “I will lose 10 pounds by March 1.” Your goals must be measured by something; this is what increases your chances of achieving them.

– Goals must be realistic. If your goals are completely unrealistic, then you’re setting yourself up for defeat. Be practical.

– Goals must have a deadline. You will be more determined to achieve your goal when you have a deadline. Always assign a deadline to your goals. It’s energizing and motivating.

– Reward yourself when you reach certain milestones toward your goal. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, reward your progress and treat yourself (with something other than food) every 10 pounds you lose. This will keep you motivated and help keep your momentum going.

– Put yourself in situations that will be conducive to reaching your goals. Surround yourself with positive people who will help you achieve your goals. If your goal is to save money, don’t go out with friends who are lavish spenders and out of control with their money.

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