In my last post we took a look at three ways you can improve your chances of keeping your New Year’s resolutions. Those alone can bring you real success, but the best is still ahead. It’s time now to get really, really specific… and successful!
4. Take Baby Steps
Can you really give up chocolate for a year? Can you actually stop smoking? Forever??? One of the things holding us back from making our biggest changes is the thought that “I’ll never be able to stick to it and I don’t want to set myself up for failure.” Fair deal. Some challenges are particular hard, and we each have our own areas of personal battle. Chances are good you can instantly think of one or two things you’d most like to change about yourself, but don’t think you could make the change stick. For those, how about a New Month’s resolution, or even a New Day’s resolution? Maybe you don’t think you could give up all sweets for a year, but do you realistically think you could do it for at least a month, or even just for today? Getting a small success can often help build confidence, allowing us to try it again the next day or month, and eventually even stretch it out to a year or lifetime. [Read more…]