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10 Tips Plus Bonus Tip To Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s January.

That time in the New Year where we feel the itch to renew and change – for the better.  And bless us human beings, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t find changing hard to do.  Here’s 10 plus tips to making and keeping your New Year’s resolutions easier for you:

1. Make only one, tops two resolutions worth keeping.

2. Write down the goal using a positive affirmation: Because I exercise, I am healthy.

3. Have a buddy to encourage you – better still, join you.

4. Keep away from the naysayers/those who might criticize you for setting your goal.

5. Choose a small step to begin that is doable and practical. For example: have a glass of water instead of a glass of coke for your afternoon work break.

6. Add a second/third step in the second/third week and so on. For example: Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

7. Listen to/read positive/uplifitng experiences of others to keep yourself motivated.

8. Change up what you’re doing to reach your goal by keeping things fresh and novel: dopamine levels go up and you stay interested.

9. Keep a diary/journal to record your progress.

10. Reward yourself with a movie, new article of clothing, massage, etc. when you reach your mini-goals: the first five pounds, the first chapter, the first mile run, etc.

11. STOP before you invest in the course, DVD, book, workshop or coach that promises to improve your life and make you happy.  Make sure there is a fit between you and them before spending your money.  An act of kindness or two for someone else may produce the result you are seeking.

Kita Szpak is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire, a blogging community created by Annie Jennings.