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Let’s give New Year’s resolutions a chance to survive this year. Here are 5 easy tips to make sure that your goals “happen” this year.

·         Get an accountability partner and send each other daily or weekly updates about your progress on your goal.  Your accountability partner can be your best friend, a trusted colleague, a family member or a coach. It is not necessary that you and your partner work towards the same goals – although this might provide some friendly competition for added motivation.

·         Failing at your New Year’s resolution after only a few days? Now is the time to recommit yourself to your goal. The first 10 days are crucially important in new habit creation. You might face a lot of resistance in the first month. Don’t despair! It is a natural part of adjusting to your new way of action. Make a new commitment to stick with your 2011 resolutions for 30 days as an experiment. The beginning of February is the moment of truth then. Did your resolution add to the quality of your life? Did it help you super track your success? What can you learn from your experience?

·         Do you feel no resistance at all? Either you are super committed (congratulations to you!) Or maybe your goals are not challenging enough for you. Are your 2011 resolutions outrageous enough to propel you into action?

·         Don’t give up too early! Many times we turn back just before arriving at our destination. Have a bit of patience, please. Everything needs its time. Your mind, body and soul have to adjust and it might take more time than you hoped for. If your goals involve others, give them ample time to adjust, too.

·         Use your past experiences as guidance. Have you been successful in a similar situation before? How would you coach yourself on the basis of that experience? If you ventured into unchartered territory with your New Year’s resolution, use somebody else’s experience. Ask for some” tried and true” tips from your mentors, family or friends. There are great online communities virtually for every topic under the sun. What if you visited some of them?

Wishing you outrageous success in reaching your goals this year!

Anything you want. Just take action.Today.

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New Year’s Resolutions just like ideas don’t keep; you have to do something about them. And this is when the problems come in. Because we usually don’t do much about those goals especially after January fades into history.

Let me share three great tips that will give your resolutions (or any other goals) a chance to survive beyond January.

  • Is it your own New Year’s Resolution or are you following somebody else’s agenda? Is this something you really want to achieve? Or is it an expectation you made your own? It is hard enough to work towards your heart’s desires, but nearly impossible to reach the goals that are not yours deep down. Don’t set up yourself for failure. If it is not YOUR goal, just cross it off your list now.
  • Keep it a secret if you have to. Some New Year’s Resolutions are best kept under covers. No, you don’t have to share them with your friends, family or colleagues automatically. You most probably heard about the power of making your goals public and the accountability that comes with a public announcement. And it will work in your favor IF have a supportive environment around you. If you have a reason to suspect that all you get is discouragement, lack of trust in your abilities and good advice on why you should give up before beginning – your best bet is to keep things under cover.  
  • Choose your goal every day until it becomes a habit. You make a choice every day anyway – do you adhere to your resolution or do you chose to forget it and postpone it for tomorrow? It will help you tremendously if you pull those unconscious decisions to the light and decide to make conscious decisions every day from now on. Write down your choice every morning to serve as a reminder for the whole day.  It might take up to a month until your new choices become habits, so be prepared to spend a minute or two to write out your choice every morning and then carry the note with you not just in your heart but in your purse, too. Just in case you need an extra reminder.

In my next blog post I share a few more practical tips on how to make sure your New Year’s Resolutions thrive this year.  

Anything you want. Just take action. Today.

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