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Many individuals make resolutions for the New Year. It is all about change and improvement and it can be a great adventure, but keeping the resolutions is a whole different story.
The attempt to keep a New Year's resolution is fresh at the beginning of the year, but that effort fades, often just a couple of days into the month of January. With work, school, family and friends, it can be difficult to maintain focus on resolutions. There are ways to make sure you remain on track when working towards goals.
Constant reminding is the key to keeping yourself on target. You set the goal, so it would be unfair to let the year glide by with the excuse that you merely forgot. Get a calendar and a sharpie pen. Write down something that will remind you of your resolution in bold letters at the start of each week.
Find something that you look at each day, like the mirror or your cellular phone. Put a post-it note on the mirror and set you cell phones alarm for a certain part of the day when you need to remember. All of this can be simply cast to the side once you begin to annoy yourself, so recruit a couple of friends who would be willing to bother you further. You have to stay focused, after all.
Nothing will set you up for disappointment more than setting unattainable resolutions. If your goal is to slim down over this year, have a sensible number in mind, rather than in the triple digits. You need a resolution that will be only slightly intimidating, but something you believe you are able to accomplish with a good deal of hard work.
You cannot jump up to the top of the stairs while you are at the bottom. You have to take it step by step. Set lower goals for yourself, perhaps throughout the week, that will help you keep track of your progress. Doing this takes the stress and burden off of yourself from trying to obtain the big goal by the end of the year. The lower, more personal goals will boost your confidence.