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New Year – New Habits – New You

January 8th, 2013

by: Kelly Barnes

The gyms are packed, self help books are on back order and people are chanting “this is the year!” It is easy to be excited about your goals at this point but as we all know, in a few weeks, the tread mills will be vacant, books will become coasters and “I will do it later” will be the mantra. Here are some tips to keep you on the winning side of your goals.

1) Put it on paper.

This is one of the most important and most overlooked steps in accomplishing your goals. By writing your goals down you make a commitment or challenge to yourself. On paper and on purpose!

2) Be specific.

Don’t set a goal to lose weight. Set a goal to lose 5, 10 or 25 pounds. Don’t set a goal to save money, set a goal to save a specific amount and by a specific date. If my goal is to save $5,000.00 dollars by June 15th and I am starting on January 7th… all I have to do is save

$1,000.00 a month or…

$222.22 a week or…

$31.64 a day…

I am not saying it is easy but it is simple. Do X for X number of days and get the result you want. This leads to the 3rd step…

3) Set benchmarks.

There will be challenges, hiccups and set backs along the way. It is going to happen so accept it and plan for it. By setting bench marks, a time for you to sit down and analyze where you are and what adjustments you need to make, you can ensure that you do not stray too far away from your goal. Remember; our goal is small progress. Robert Collier said; “Success is the result of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

4) Remind yourself why.

It happens to everyone. There are going to be times when you want to take a day off, hit the snooze or stop altogether. These are the times when you must simply remind yourself why you are doing it. I love what the late Zig Ziglar said about positive reinforcement:

“You don’t pay the price for good health, you enjoy the benefits of good health. You don’t pay the price for a good marriage. You pay the price for a bad marriage.” It is impossible to beat the man who refuses to quit.

5) Celebrate!

There is a chance you will not accomplish all of your goals for 2013. A big chance in fact. However, when you set out to accomplish something great and give it your absolute best, you become great in the process. Accomplishing the goal is just the cherry on top.

Good luck and I hope 2013 is the best year yet…And then some.

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