Its just you and your resolution – Now what?

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Its the first real week of this year. Things have settled down. Its just you and your resolutions. You have a choice to make. Will you be in a better spot this time next year, or will you fall back into habit and remain the same?

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I never could understand why they say that most people have broken their resolutions by January 15. I think the problem is our all or nothing thinking. You are not going to lose 50 pounds in 2 weeks. It is a process.

You don’t have to be perfect every day, you just need to keep positive momentum. If you had a piece of pizza, do you throw up your hands and declare yourself a loser? Now you’re giving up until next year? That makes no sense to me.

I heard on the radio a couple of days ago, the top 3 resolutions this year are –

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Save Money

Are your resolutions in the top 3?

How could you have possibly failed already?

A big reason that we fail is that we are not totally committed.

Yeah, it would be nice to lose weight, but I’m not willing to give up the things that are making me gain weight, and I don’t want to even try a healthier diet. It just sounds yucky and hard.

The truth is, its not yucky or hard. You just haven’t had a good example to follow. And without commitment, you won’t even be willing to find out.

How do you make yourself committed?

You sit down and think really hard about why you want to accomplish your goal.

If you can come up with strong enough reasons why, you will be more likely to do what it takes.

What is your big reason?

Do you want to wake up and not be in pain?

Do you want to have enough energy to play with your kids?

Do you want to feel good when you look in the mirror?

Do you want to rub in in your ex’s face?

Do you want to live?

Do you want your family to live in a nicer area where the kids can go to better and safer schools?

Do you want the peace of knowing the bills are paid every month with a little left over for saving and fun?

Do you want to be able to help your parents?

Are you afraid of retirement?

What are your big reasons? What will drive you to reach your goals?

What Now?

I think another big part of the reason for failure is that we don’t know exactly what to do to reach our goal. You can waste a lot of time and effort with trial and error. I know I sure have.

That’s why when an email recommending an ebook that would help me reach my goal at a reasonable price, I snapped it up. I’ve been wasting a lot of time trying this and that, and failing miserably.

So, how do you reach your goals this year?

1. Make a commitment.

2. Learn how others have accomplished what you want to do.

3. Take consistent action.

I’ve put together some resources below for the most common goals. If you need something different, let me know and I will try to find a good solution for you.

OK, now I have to actually open the ebook I bought and get started. How about you?


How to lose weight without losing your mind…

How to keep a really clean house without losing your mind…

How to beat depression…

Build better habits…

How to really quit smoking…

Save Money and Get Out of Debt…

Extreme Couponing…

Quit Drinking…