Most of us start off the new year with the best of intentions. Resolutions range from eating dinner together as a family at the dining room table at least five nights a week to limiting television time to two hours a night. The problem with resolutions is that unless you have a real plan in place to accomplish them, it’s just too easy to set them aside after a short while and go back to regular habits.
Try incorporating some of these techniques for your resolutions this year, and see if it doesn’t help make them stick.
Make a dream board and hang it prominently where you will notice it daily. Perhaps next to the computer desk or in the kitchen next to the refrigerator. A dream board is a collage of pictures and words that illustrate your future dreams. Done annually as a “resolutions board” is a good way to keep your resolution plans front and center
Rather than making broadly stated resolutions such as “get fit” try for more specific goals. How about “play Just Dance for at least 30 minutes three times a week.” This is specific and therefore actionable.
It’s good to set the bar high for yourself, but don’t set it so high you can’t possibly succeed. When you declare you will “make all our dinners fresh from scratch in 2014” yet you have a month’s worth of frozen vegetables and meats in the freezer, you are not being realistic. Plus, for a typical working family on a budget, frozen foods can be a necessity! How about simply choosing to cook HEALTHY meals, and restrict highly processed foods.