You may want to lose weight but you can only succeed if you need are honest with yourself. There are several ways to lose weight but it is not a good idea to make a resolution to avoid your favorite dessert completely, for example, ice-cream. It is better to set some realistic goals which can include choosing healthier desserts, such as fruit. Instead of saying that you want to lose weight, be specific. Aim to lose a pound a week or every two weeks or perform one great pirouette at first - a reasonable goal.
If you want to succeed in your resolution you need a time limit to reach your goal. This will give you the courage to follow a certain plan which is attainable. For example, you may want to run 10 miles in 6 months, perform a certain dance move in 6 weeks, audition for a summer intensive in 2 months. If you have made a schedule to build up your distance slowly and meet your time limit, you can easier keep your resolution because you will maintain a certain running habit during all these weeks and prevent injuries.
*Keeping A Notebook
It is useful to make a list of all the things you have to do and also the progress you have made. You can consider this book as a motivator factor to reach your goal.
*Share Your Resolution with Family/Friends
Your family and friends can be a tremendous source of support. They want to encourage you to succeed in reaching your goal. to Having someone to talk to when things are looking bleak or someone to share accomplishments with can help you with your goals. And maybe you can help them as well.
Rewarding is a motivation key to reach your goal. If your goal is to lose weight; you can reward yourself with something you like but something that doesn't damage the result you reached. It is not a good idea to reward yourself with a box of sweets but maybe a DVD of your favorite movie or a getaway with friends for one weekend.
This year instead of bogging yourself down with a ton of resolutions that will only put you under more pressure, why not make some “reverse resolutions” (ie – things you’re NOT going to do). We all have way too much on our plates and not all of it has a great return of investment. Why not strategically get rid of some of the items on your task list this year instead of piling on more?
Which five things are you doing right now that don’t have a decent enough pay-off for you to keep doing them? Which things do you need to quit? (FYI – quitting something unproductive doesn’t make you a quitter.) Don’t worry about how quitting this task will look to others around you, your primary responsibility is to yourself and your mental health. Chances are, anyone who would judge you is just as over-committed and actually feels jealous that you had the confidence to stand up for yourself and your quality of life.
*Take it Easy
Beating yourself up over setbacks is a wrong attitude. Everyone has bad and good days and maybe you don't succeed the first time or you have some delay to reach your goal. Don't be hard on yourself and try again or maybe you need revision of your schedule. Even the best sport performers can't plan a new record on a specific day.
Keeping your New Year's resolution requires motivation and courage. You need to be convinced about certain positive effects related to your resolution and to avoid making more resolutions at one time. Don't be so focused on the end destination that the joy and learning experience from the journey is lost.