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New Year Resolutions, Making Them Is The First Step

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Another New Year!  More New Year Resolutions…”This year I am going to eat better, exercise more, stop smoking, drink less.”  Do resolutions actually work? Do people stick with them? On average, a third of those who make resolutions have given them up by mid-January!  Why does this happen?  If we want to change something, why is it so difficult?  We are human, that is why.  We like our habits (or go back to them easily) and it is hard to do many big lifestyle changes all at once!  This year, take a look at your resolutions and before they get broken, choose that one resolution that is the most important to you and mentally decide to really stick with it.  Make and write down small goals for your resolution.  Forgive yourself if you break your goal and restart again.  Focus mentally that you can do it! Get your close circle of family and friends involved in your resolution. Reward yourself when you make it!  Because, you can make it, if it is important to you.  In fact, you must make it happen because the next New Year is a long time away.

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2 Responses to New Year Resolutions, Making Them Is The First Step

  1. mbrighton January 4, 2010 at 11:15 #

    Wow, you are brave! Quitting coffee cold turkey like that. BRAVO 🙂 The withdrawal headaches are tough, but they should be going away soon…you must have had quite a coffee intake to still have headaches after 6 days! They recommend for those who want to stop drinking coffee to do it more progressively to avoid headaches. But I think they way people quit things depends on their personality. Keep going! You can do it! Let me know how you feel in a week…I am curious !

  2. Melanie USA, France, Singapore January 4, 2010 at 10:47 #

    Good advice. I gave up coffee 6 days ago and I am suffering. I am a true coffee-aholic (which I picked up in France by the way – never drank the stuff in the US), and want to see if I feel more energetic (eventually as right now I have some pretty bad withdrawl headaches) without the artifical high of caffeine. Am not sure that I’ve given it up forever but more of a trial to see “what if”….

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