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Well and Good: Resolution

The New Year is almost here! We all know that familiar pressure — to accomplish some crazy goal that even the Man of Steel himself wouldn’t attempt. Whether it’s to run an ironman or lose 100 pounds this year, the most common resolutions we make are so daunting that we end up getting discouraged just thinking about them.

So, why do we do it? Experts agree that the majority of us make resolutions at the new year because we’re unhappy with some part of our lives. We all have something we’re not happy about, but why don’t we actually do something about it?  The key is to set attainable goals. We all know that if you’ve never run a step in your life, chances are an ironman isn’t on your to-do list this year. Let’s look at a few resolutions that just might stick this time around:

Nix the Negativity. If your co-workers refer to you as Debbie downer, this one might be for you! No one likes to be around someone who’s always pointing out the negative about every situation. Yes, we all know it’s true, but who wants to dwell on it? If you fit into this category, here are two tips to help you ditch the duldrums:

Force yourself to recognize the positive. This might be a challenge at first, but the longer you stick with it, the easier it will become.

Silence the inner critic. We are all our own worst critic. If the voice in your head won’t stop playing the negative Nancy highlights, take charge. It’s your life! Begin to replace the negative self talk with positive affirmations. You’ll be amazed at how quickly things will change.

Stop Smoking. This is probably the most-failed resolution in history. Why? Because nicotine is incredibly addictive and it’s one of the most difficult habits to break. That being said, it’s also one of the most rewarding. When you quit smoking, your risk of stroke, cardiac disease and respiratory illness all substantially decline. This resolution is not only a gift for you; it’s a gift for those who love you, too.

Shape Up. If you’re like the majority of us, you’d like to lose a few pounds in the new year. If you want to be successful, make specific and attainable goals. Then form one new habit at a time, building on it every day. Don’t forget; small changes make the biggest difference! Rome wasn’t built in a day and just because the lady on TV lost 30 pounds last month doesn’t mean she kept it off (or that she really did, for that matter!). Focus on you and your goals. And don’t forget to celebrate small successes. They add up to big accomplishments! 

Just a reminder: Personal success is not a competition! Make your goal to better yourself from the inside out, and you’re on the right track.