Provided by Ana Hodge with Keller Williams Signature Partners.
Whether you live in Cobb County, Dekalb, or Fulton, we all look forward to the new year to accomplish some goals. Some lists are longer than some others; however, most of them are made of personal and professional goals that we would like to accomplish. Here are a few ideas to help you stay on track and make 2013 a very successful year.
New Year’s resolutions often begin with “I will lose five pounds” or “I promise to quit smoking.” But, without keeping the following suggestions in mind,
your resolutions may become nothing more than fodder for frustration.
You must think through what you want to change and commit yourself to the long-term process. You then need to come up with a realistic plan to help you reach your goals. For example, if you want to shed some pounds, create a weight-loss schedule and an achievable diet and exercise plan. If your family and friends are supportive, tell them about your goals. They can provide encouragement and reinforce your commitment to change. If necessary, seek professional help to assist you.
Be prepared for setbacks.
Don’t think of them as complete failures, don’t dwell on them, and don’t let them make you give up your goals. After a setback, try to get back on track to reach your objective. Plan ahead on how you’ll deal with setbacks. For example, if you do have a cigarette when you’re trying to quit, your plan may include reviewing all the reasons you listed for wanting to stop smoking and why reaching that goal will make you happy.
Track your progress.
Motivate yourself by celebrating your successes and by getting positive feedback from supportive family and friends. A good approach is to evaluate yourself every week or two. However, don’t over-monitor yourself by doing a self-assessment every day. That’s just likely to end in frustration. Don’t compare yourself to others. Accomplish your goal in a way that’s best suited to you.
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