The statistics for people completing their New Years resolutions is quite saddening. Make 2016 your year by setting up to be successful, instead of making every year the same as the last. Whether your New Years resolutions are to lose weight, start a new hobby, or read a book once a week, all of these tips will be of assistance to you. So get ready to set up for a successful 2016 that will create you into a better and stronger you.
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1. Don’t wait until January 1st to start your resolutions and goals.
By starting now, you are preparing yourself for success and getting a head start. You’ll find out what you need to tweak and get better at before the new year, allowing yourself to make some final changes to your plan you’ve set up to be successful.
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2. Set up a plan to get you successful ahead of time.
Be very specific and concise about what your goal is and how you are going to get there. I would even recommend getting a journal so you can organize all your tasks and steps to get to your goal as easily and efficient as possible.
3. Obtain the necessary tools ahead of time.
If your goal is to start a new hobby (such as rock climbing), make sure you get the proper gear sooner than later. If your resolution is to stop procrastinating, download free to do apps such as Finish that will end your habit of completing things last minute. Download apps just as MyFitnessPal or CalorieCounter if you are trying to get healthier. My New Years resolution for 2016 is going to be to run twice a week. I plan on using the Nike app to keep me accountable. I’ll be talking more thoroughly about this goal in an upcoming post.
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4. Find a partner that has the same New Years resolution as you.
This can come in handy if your goal is to get healthier and lose weight/build muscle. You and your partner can workout together and hold each other accountable. There are numerous studies that have been done that show working out with a partner to significantly increase your odds of being successful.
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5. Don’t put too much on your plate.
I cannot even count how many times I would have a resolution list of 5+ goals I wanted to complete. This is a recipe for disaster because focusing on too many things at once can be too difficult and frustrating for most people. By choosing one resolution and one resolution only, you are setting yourself up to be successful. Your mind is only focused on one task at a time instead of multitasking and thinking about various tasks.
What are your New Years resolutions for 2016? How do you plan on completing the goals?
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