A new year brings new possibilities, new choices and new hope for the future. That’s why we tend to think about lifestyle changes in the New Year.
Here are some tips to help you actually keep the resolutions you make this year…

Be Realistic.
Sure, you may want to lose 25 pounds in a week, but besides being unhealthy, it’s utterly unrealistic. Instead, set realistic expectations for what you can accomplish within the time frame.

Broadcast Your Plans.
Tell friends and family about your New Year’s Resolution, don’t try to keep it to yourself. Letting others know your plans firms up your decision in your own mind and helps you stay accountable..

Break Your Resolution Into Achievable Tasks.
Rather than focusing on one huge life-altering change, opt for smaller, more manageable changes that you can track and accomplish more easily.

Create A Plan Of Action.
Once you know the steps you need to take to fulfill your resolution, decide what you’ll do first, then do it! Plan each step in advance so you’ll know how to proceed as you reach each small goal.

Don’t Expect Overnight Results.
It takes time to develop habits and behaviors, and it can take even longer to change them. Be patient with yourself and expect gradual, rather than immediate, results.

Find An Accountability Partner.
It’s important to have someone who will hold you accountable for your actions. Ask a friend or family member to help you stay on track.

Reward Yourself!
Look for ways to reward yourself after every step is reached. It’ll build momentum because you’ll be?looking forward to the next reward.

Set A Deadline.
As with any goal, it’s important to have a timeframe in mind. Give yourself plenty of time to realistically reach your goal, but plan for a specific end date to work toward.

Track Your Progress.
This works especially well when you split your resolution into small, manageable tasks. Create a chart of your progress so you can see exactly how far you’ve come with each step you’ve taken.

Visualize The Results.
Imagine yourself after you’ve achieve your goal. What do you look like? How do you feel? Spend a few minutes every day visualizing your success and you’ll be amazed at how much quicker and easier your goals will be to accomplish!

By putting these strategies into practice, you’ll give yourself a chance at a great start to a wonderful new year.
May your new year be filled with happiness, love, and the change you desire!

Dr. Tracey Marks
Dr. Tracey Marks

Helping busy people achieve their best through effective lifestyle choices that improve their personal and professional lives.


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