When it comes to making New Year's resolutions, people tend to be in one of two camps: you either make them faithfully, or you don't.
I'm in the latter. New Year's resolutions just don't work for me, and that has a lot to do with my personality, I'm sure. It's not a priority for me. However, for many of you (and your patients), making resolutions is important.
Here are five ways you can make sure you are successful in your resolutions:
Be smart. Set specific, attainable, realistic, and timely goals. A vague goal will become an unmet goal. So, "I want to lose weight" should actually be "I want to lose 25 pounds in 6 to 8 months."
Write it down. Make a list and put it where you will see it so you have a tangible way to identify your goals.
Keep a Resolution Journal. Document the specific ways you're being successful regarding the goals on your list.
Get accountable. Creating change in your life is challenging, so it is essential to have the support and accountability that comes from others knowing about the goals you want to achieve. Find two to three friends or coworkers who also have resolutions they want to make and keep each other encouraged.
Set deadlines. Remember, a specific goal set within a realistic timeframe is the best way to accomplish your goal.
What are your resolutions for 2013? (And don't say, "Not to make any resolutions." That one is mine!)
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