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    New Year, New You

    Well, it’s that time of year again. The time that many of us dread as the New Year begins. What time is that I am speaking of you may ask? Basically, I am talking about that time of year where we all tend to make those lovely New Year’s resolutions.

    New Year’s resolutions can be a wonderful time to reevaluate our lives and see where we can tend to improve upon ourselves from the previous year. This is also a time where we can look back at the previous year and contemplate the good and the bad and see what adjustments can and should be made.

    The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that for many of us they are very hard to keep within a week of making them. You must have dedication, discipline, tenacity and all of those other great qualities in order to do your best at trying to keep these resolutions going for the long haul. You wonder to yourself if you really have what it takes to stay the course and come out victorious on the other end.

    Well, I have news for you. I believe we all have it within us to stay the course. I just think it takes some planning and preparation in order for it to all come together in one nice, neat package. Therefore, I am going to give you some pointers on what it takes to start a New Year’s resolution and keep it going. Hopefully these tips will give you the staying power you need to take the plunge and never look back.

    Okay, here are the tips you need to get going and these are courtesy of an article from the Huffington Post online on January 6, 2014 entitled: “10 Tricks to Help You Actually Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions,” written by Jeanette Pavini.

    1. Set short-term goals for long-term results. People who break their resolutions into small, manageable chunks typically have more success.
    2. Make your resolution about the journey, not the outcome. There’s a better guarantee of success if you stick to resolutions that you actually have control over.
    3. Schedule time for your resolution. We are all so busy, so you need to schedule gym sessions in your calendar just like you would a meeting or dance recital.
    4. Employ the buddy system. Everything is better with a friend, including resolutions.
    5. State your goals. Tell people about your resolutions. People who explicitly state their goals are more likely to keep them.
    6. Keep records. Tracking your progress is a good way to stay accountable and keep the resolution fresh in your mind.
    7. Get an app. There is an app that can help you with every resolution. Noom not only tracks your diet, exercise and task completion, but coaches you through the process of weight loss. Mint will help you with your personal finances.
    8. Celebrate little victories. You deserve it! Just make sure the rewards you choose don’t work against your goal.
    9. Reassess your resolutions. If something is not working, then it’s OK to go back and modify your resolution. Resolutions are all about becoming a better version of yourself, not a perfect version of yourself.
    10. Don’t give up so easily. Too often people throw in the towel on resolutions because of one slip up. Forgive yourself, move on and keep trying.

     

    As you can see, there are ways to make a concerted effort to make and keep those New Year’s resolutions. You just have to follow the tips above and also let common sense guide you in your endeavors. After all, nothing in life is easy, and sometimes it’s the hardest things in life that we have to do in our daily lives that end up yielding us the greatest results.

    May this New Year 2014 be your best year yet in achieving your goals! Remember also that the Daviess County Public Library has plenty of books on weight loss, fitness, health, finances, and more that can lead you on the path to helping you make those New Year’s resolutions stick.

     

     

     
     
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