Posted by: Kelley Dees | December 30, 2010

Ways to Stick to Goals

Does it seem like you make a list of things you want to change each year, commit for a week or two, then go back to your old ways? That seems to be the cycle for most of the people who make New Year’s resolutions each year. Today, we’ll be talking about ways to stick to those goals on your list!

Here are some things that will help you make resolutions and stick to them:

  • Having a desire to change: Change has to come from the inside and you have to be ready to change. If you aren’t really ready, then you probably won’t succeed. Before you make a resolution, sit down and analyze what you really want and if you are ready to change.
  • Having the ability to change: For a change to stick, you must have the tools and skills required to change. If you can’t read, no amount of desire will help you if you don’t have the tools you need to change.
  • A supportive environment: Are  people in your life who want you to change? Move away from those who won’t be supportive. Try to find people who are excited about the changes you are making.
  • Confidence: Studies show that those who truly believe they can change, do. If you have doubts about your success, you will probably fail. Believing that you have the ability to change encourages commitment to the process and enhances your likelihood of success.
  • Instant feedback: Sometimes BIG changes work better than small changes because the immediate environmental feedback is so positive. Sudden weight loss brings compliments and better fitting clothes. The rewards we get from big changes inspire us to continue to make positive changes. Chances are, one great big change will lead to another.
  • New habits take time: New behaviors have to be repeated over and over before they become habits. Remember to give yourself small rewards. Also, reward behaviors, not results. If you stuck to your diet all week and promised yourself a dessert on Friday, give yourself the reward even if you haven’t lost the two pounds you intended to lose.
  • If you “fall off the wagon:” When you make a mistake, look at it as part of changing, not a permanent setback. Nobody gets it right the first time. It’s important to stick to your positive behaviors and not beat yourself up about it. Feeling like a failure will create one…just like feeling like a champion will create a champion.

Good luck in whatever changes you decide to make for your New Year’s resolutions!

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information has been adapted from CBS News: How to Stick to New Year’s Resolutions.

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