Sunday, January 4, 2009

Resolutions & Goals that Work

January is the perfect time to make resolutions and set personal goals for the year. While this is a common practice, apparently less than 2% of us will stick with these newly established resolutions and goals past January. Why is it challenging for folks to keep focused on goals? One reason may be that goals are not revisited after they are created…or worse, maybe these goals were not written down to be revisited.

There are three easy ways to make certain that your 2009 resolutions and goals are effective this year. Goals need to be written, visually represented and mentally rehearsed. These techniques are simple and easy to incorporate as new habits into your daily schedule. Commit to these three simple new habits to see amazing results this year.

Writing your goals on paper is the important first step to accomplish a desired change. Without identified written goals, there is no use for the remaining two techniques. Write out your goals in a journal that will be easy to keep track of throughout the year. The Life is Mental: Think Thin to Live Thin Goals Journal is a great option for a journal. Include both easy to reach short term goals as well as the larger long term goals. Long term goals represent a final destination. An example of this could be achieving your optimal weight. Long term goals may require a commitment for months or years to accomplish. Commitment and patience is required for reaching long term goals. Short term goals are crucial to the successful achievement of long term goals. These small goals support the big goals. Short term goals give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation as you work toward your long term goals. Think of short term goals as the individual steps in a staircase. As you achieve each short term goal, you step up one step at a time toward your long term goal of reaching the top of the staircase. You can get excited and celebrate your progress as you achieve each short term goal that propels you further up the staircase to your long term goal. Looking back at how many steps you have climbed will give you the motivation to keep going when you feel tired of climbing. Your journal is a tool. Use a highlighter to highlight each goal as you achieve it. Since you will make a lot of small easy to accomplish goals, you will be highlighting a lot in your journal. Make a habit of highlighting achieved goals weekly or monthly. This keeps you rereading and staying mindful of your goals. As you update your journal, you will feel continually motivated by the growing number of highlights. Thinking of the highlighted goals in your journal and staying mindful of the upcoming goals that you will be highlighting soon could very well help you decide the chocolate cake offered at lunch is not as good as it first looked and easily avoid eating it.

Keep reading my future blogs to learn more about the simplicity of visually representing and mentally rehearsing goals for achievement as well as easy ways to incorporate these techniques into your daily routine.

Many people are accustomed to thinking that weight loss is hard, so they proceed in fulfilling that prophecy through negative thinking, self criticism and bad choices. This year, decide that weight loss is easy. Keep it simple and use these easy techniques. Write down your short and long term goals, post pictures representing your goals, and mentally rehearse being your goal weight. Use these easy techniques this month to create your health/weight goals and accomplish amazing weight loss results in 2009!

To your thin body,

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