Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Resolution Time

Happy New Year!

Now that the celebration is over, it’s time to reflect on 2008. What worked? What didn’t work? What would you like to change? What would you like to do better? This is a good time to tack stock of the past and make goals for the future. Here are some tips to help you make your new year’s resolutions a success:

Make a Plan

As you reflect on the past year, start a list. In one column make note of all the things you accomplished last year. Really think about it and give yourself credit! Meditate on how you were able to achieve these accomplishments and really congratulate yourself. In another column make a list of your setbacks. I know these are sometimes easier for us to come up with, but try to do so without judgment. What were the causes of these set backs and were the causes in your control or out of your control? Ask yourself how you could have changed the outcome if you had another chance. Also reflect on what you learned from your setback. Did you learn a valuable lesson?

Now make a third column. List the things you would like to improve or accomplish in the New Year. Make the list as long as you want and then whittle it down to something realistic --you can always add to it later. This will be your plan for the New Year. Put it somewhere where you can refer to it often.

Check out some of these motivating seminars to help start your new year plan off right: Activating the Law of Attraction, The Power of Vision, How to Build a Purpose Guided Life

Mix it UP

Each year, instead of making a classic resolution, I use January to jolt myself out of habits. It’s kind of a fast from my bad habits with some new habits sprinkled in. Weaning yourself off of your bad habits is hard, so adding some good habits in will help. And by good, I mean FUN! This year besides my usual abstinence from alcohol, I’ve decided to take a salsa class. It’s always a good idea to add something active into your routine when you are trying to wean yourself from a bad habit. First, it keeps your mind off of the habit and secondly, exercise sends you those lovely endorphins. Exercise saved me when I quit smoking.

Mixing up your routine is also a good way to keep from getting bored. Try some of these dance workouts to inject some fun into your routine: Disco Fit Workout, Bollywood Beauty, Brazilian Body

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