Some wise words from film and theatre reviewer Steve Duffy –
This year will be no different for many of us; we have all made New Year’s resolutions — and then broke them within the first 30 days.
This year, do not let your New Year’s resolutions go unresolved or fall by the wayside.
Make your resolutions realistic. When you start making too many, you can get overwhelmed. Setting reasonable, attainable goals that you can incorporate into your everyday life will create positive lifestyle changes that will help you maintain them.
Don’t get discouraged. You will have setbacks – two steps forwards, one step back. Remember making changes requires work. Sticking to your resolutions is a process, not an overnight change. It is important to stay committed and have the confidence in yourself that you can create new habits. Anticipate temptations that will make you want to stray and plan ahead to overcome them.
I find picking a date to achieve certain outcomes / milestones helps me stay focused and keeps me enthusiastic about keeping my resolutions. Also, share your resolutions with family and friends so they can offer support and encouragement. You will see more successes by doing this.
Reward yourself when you reach a goal. Celebrating your successes, even the small ones, will keep you motivated to continue. Most importantly, believe in yourself and know that any change that you make is creating a better you.
“The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.” — Joan Rivers
Have a happy and safe 2015!