Friday, December 10, 2010


Some people are already thinking about their ‘New Year Resolutions’. Research shows that most resolutions are abandoned by March – did you keep the ones you made last year? New Year resolutions are usually aimed at self improvement, so when you break them you are cheating yourself most of all.
No matter what your resolution is – weight loss, a new house, healthy eating, being a better parent – it requires:

Believing in yourself - You can do almost anything you set your mind to. Positive thinking is a powerful tool
Commitment – How important is this to you? My elder daughter always says ‘write it down, make it happen’. Have a written list of resolutions (even if it’s only one!) in plain view – almost like a ‘to-do’ list. Sometimes it helps to break the task down into achievable mini-goals.
Thinking and planning – Every day, work out the next step you need to take to get closer to your objective. Or re-affirm your current effort.
Accepting help and advice - where and when it’s offered (and appropriate), from positive sources. Ask for help when you need it. Most people love to give advice – though it’s not always what you want to hear.
Taking action – Track your progress regularly. Are you moving forwards or maybe slipping back?
Learning – from every experience. Be prepared to make mistakes along the way – I once had a boss who believed that if you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t working or learning anything.
Trying a new approach - Not getting there fast enough? Maybe a change of tactic is required. Don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone.
Rewarding yourself - remember to give yourself recognition for all your achievements, no matter how small.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for New Year to set new goals and challenges for yourself.

Have a great weekend.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

how lovely!