Whether it’s a commitment to get healthy, a promise to reconnect with loved ones, or a dedication to get organized, many people resolve to make positive changes in their lives as the New Year approaches. Often we’ll begin with the best of intentions. We’ll stick to a routine for a few weeks, but after some time, we slowly let those resolutions fall by the wayside. Never fear: The best part about resolutions is that it’s never too late to make them! If you’re looking for inspiration to tackle your list of life-changing resolutions, here are some important tips to help you achieve your goals:
Make sure your resolutions are reasonable and attainable. Successful resolutions don’t have to be easy, but they have to be possible.
Make it Public
Sharing your resolutions with family and friends will ensure your support system is ready to help you succeed. This network will be there by your side to help celebrate your successes, or give you a boost of motivation when you need it. If possible, find a buddy to join you. A buddy gives you an extra reason to stay motivated, and you’ll be able to support each other along the way.
Create a Plan
Break your resolution down into actionable goals and develop a plan of attack to reach each one. You’ll feel energized about your commitment each time you successfully cross a step off your list.
Give Yourself Credit
New habits take time to form and stick. Once you get a solid routine in place, build in mini-rewards as you hit your goals. When you hit a target or a milestone, reward yourself with something positive and bright!
Try Something New
Feel free to change your plan if it’s not quite working. After all, these are your resolutions! Don’t be afraid to make changes along the way.
Remember to Enjoy Yourself
You’ve decided to take on something new because you’re looking to make a positive change. Whether it’s a new hobby, reconnecting with family and friends, or a self-reflective goal, have fun along the way. You’re trying something new, and although it might be difficult, that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable.
Change is never easy. Remember to remain confident in yourself and your ability to achieve your resolutions. If you stay positive about your progress, it’s much easier to face challenges.
New Year’s resolutions can be an exciting way to kick-start a positive change in your life. Prepare yourself for success this year with a positive frame of mind and a strategy to fulfill your personal promises.
If you or someone you love has resolved to quit drinking or using drugs in 2011 and you need help, the dedicated staff at Clarity Way Rehab Center is available to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and share information on available treatment options. Clarity Way Rehab Center’s Help Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-877-251-6604. Your privacy is important and all calls are confidential.