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Reaching Those New Year Resolutions

Change like the waves of the sea. Being driven by the wind and tossed to and fro. A freeing picture; however, not the way you should approach your new year’s resolutions. If you are willing to float in the wind and be tossed like the waves when it comes to reaching your goals, you simply will not make it. So here are some tips to help you reach that self-improvement goal you’re about to make.

  1. Evaluate. Know where you are at. Evaluate your character, your strengths and weaknesses, so you can have a base to measure from. Figure out where there is room for change that will move you closer to your goal.
  2. Create the big picture. Where do you want to be? What’s your overall goal for this next year? It is important to be reasonable in your goal too. For example, a beginning runner would not be setting a realistic goal by only give themeselves 3 months to prepare for a marathon.
  3. Measure the difference. Know how far you have to go and what you will have to do to get there. So basically take a starting point reference and then set a necessary time frame to make the goal happen.
  4. Stepping stones. Make small reachable goals that will overtime get you to the main goal you have. For example, in training for a marathon, you could complete a 5K, 10K, and half marathon as a way of measuring progress and keeping yourself on track.
  5. Record. Write it down and make reminders. Post it on your mirror, write it on your alarm. Seeing your goal everywhere will keep it fresh in your mind. It also doesn’t hurt to inform friends and loved ones of your goals. This way they can help you achieve and be accountable, in a sense, for what you say you are going to do. When you tell someone, it becomes a little more real.
  6. Focus on one goal at a time. Don’t try to set too many goals at a time. You will end up frustrated and overwhelmed. When you reach one goal, go for the next keeping your sights on one place – the horizon.
  7. Re-evaluate. The process is ongoing, so always start again. It is not uncommon to have some slip-ups, just don’t let that cause you to give up. Regroup and go at it a

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