Monday, December 31

Five Ways to Make Sure You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

This is a guest post from Jeremiah Brocka that writes about self-help, education, and addiction at Addiction Watch.

Every new year, people make resolutions to better themselves. Gyms and tracks are flooded with new members trying to lose weight, people take up new hobbies, etc. However, by the first stroke of March, the crowds have tapered off from all the cooking and dance classes, because people have given up their hopes of the New Year. How can you keep yours this year? Read on for 5 great tips for keeping that resolution.

Start Now
The longer you continue to do something, the more you are going to want and crave it. Now, that doesn't mean you must quit cigarettes cold turkey right this instant. However, make it easier on yourself for when New Year's Day rolls around. Limit yourself from a full pack to half a pack now, and then slowly cut down in the remaining days until New Years.

Set Realistic Goals
One of the reasons people fail at their resolutions is because they tend to create these tremendous goals. For example, individuals who drink too much say they are going to never have a sip of alcohol again once the ball comes down on midnight. For true alcoholics, this decision might be a necessary one. When it comes to people who simply need to cut back though, they might first aim to drink only on weekends and special occasions. As the months progress, they can decide to eliminate the weekends. Having small goals is often one of the best ways to achieve the overall goal.

Ask for Help
In some situations, it's going to be difficult to cut out the addiction by yourself. People who are addicted to drugs may need to seek the help of counselors if they simply cannot resolve the problem by themselves. Even those who have an addiction to food are often best served by a nutritionist who can tailor a diet plan that is specific to their particular needs. Of course, all help does not need to be of such a serious level. If your spouse goes for a run each morning and your resolution is to join him, tell him to make sure that he does not allow you to stay away.

Re-evaluating Goals
So you are now in the middle of March, and you realized that going to the gym every single day is not quite working. You have no time to clean the house, and you're simply beyond exhausted. You don't want to completely throw your goals to the curb, but something needs to change. Don't be afraid to re-evaluate your goals and to make a new plan. Certainly, you do not want to be changing things up every single week, but it's fine to make the decision to go to the gym every other day as opposed to every day.