Common New Year Resolutions And Tips For Keeping Them

I’ve been doing at lot of thinking about New Year’s Resolutions the past few days and I’m sure you have done so as well or are going to as the New Year approaches. I’ll share some of mine over the coming weeks, but for now let’s take a look at some of the more common ones as well as 10 tips on how to keep them.

Most Common New Year’s Resolutions in no particular order…

  1. Spend More Quality Time With Loved Ones
  2. Lose Weight
  3. Get Fit
  4. Stay (or get ) Healthy
  5. Get Out Of Debt
  6. Get More Organized
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Quit Drinking
  9. Enjoy Life More
  10. Help Others

Resolutions are a wonderful thing, but they won’t do you a whole lot of good unless you keep them throughout the year. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

New Year’s Resolutions – 10 Tips on How to Keep Them

By Carly Cooper

It seems like keeping New Year’s resolutions has become as unsuccessful as trying to fit double D’s into a training bra. We have the right idea, but we’re going about it the wrong way. Here are 10 tips to make sure that 2010 is the year that you make lasting changes.

1) Set realistic goals. You can’t expect to drop 20 pounds in a month just by watching The Biggest Loser on TV. Break down your goals into small, doable chunks. With the proper diet and exercise regime you could realistically shed 2 pounds a week.

2) Make changes for the right reasons. Society, family, friends or other outside influences sometimes pressure you into thinking you need to live or look a certain way. To be sure your intentions are in the right place, make a list of the pro’s and con’s of achieving your resolution. If the con’s outweigh the pro’s you need to rethink what you’re doing and why.

3) Pick a resolution that means something to you. The more positive energy and excitement you can put toward your resolution, the more likely you are to succeed.

4) Reward yourself for small achievements along the way. However, keep your rewards in line with your goals. It would be futile to celebrate a sugar free week by having an unhealthy meal that could sabotage your progress.

5) Visualize the end result. If your resolution is to make more money per month, create a vision board with all the things and different ways you’d use that money. Cut out pictures, words, quotes or whatever else motivates you and stick it in a place where you can see it daily. Imagine the money is already in your bank account and feel the freedom and excitement that comes with the extra zeros.

6) Make a plan ahead of time. Waiting until 5 minutes before the ball drops when you’re full of wine coolers and food loaded with Trans fats is not the best time to make your resolutions. With a clear head, think about what you want to change and map out a plan of action.

7) Find support. Whether it’s a friend, co-worker, group or coach, tell someone who motivates you what your plan is. Not only will they hold you accountable, they’ll also encourage you to keep going on the days when all you feel like doing is lying on the couch watching reruns of The OC.

8) Tell everyone you know. Once you put it out there, you’re more likely to make it happen. Getting the “I told you so” look is far worse than the actual symptoms of withdrawal.

9) Reinvest in yourself. Find a new behaviour to replace your old behaviour. For example, if you want to cut down on drinking coffee, take the money you would have spent on your hourly latte and invest it in a healthier hobby like a cooking class. When you keep yourself busy and fulfilled in positive ways, your old habits will become a thing of the past.

10) Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself like you would your child. Use encouraging words. Be patient and forgiving if you get derailed. This is a process and if you’re going to make lasting, lifestyle changes, you need to be your number one fan. No matter what.

Carly Cooper is a CTA Certified Life Coach for Moms. She specializes in working with moms who are ready to be honest about their challenges with motherhood. She inspires them to move forward and become the best moms they can be. For more information about Carly and her services, visit her website at

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