25 Shades of Craig: Resolutions

Goodbye to the old hello to the new.

Along with welcoming in 2013, many of us plan on saying goodbye to the old habits and hello to a new and improved lifestyle. Or at least, we hope to.

The reality is many of us will set a New Year’s resolution but fail to follow through. We feed excuses to ourselves and others saying, “I haven’t had time,” “I don’t have enough money,” or “I don’t know where to start.”

We all know the truth: we really don’t want to change or have no real reason to change. For some, it could be because we don’t know the correct way to set goals and how to follow through.

The first step is to set a goal that is obtainable. I want to lose 25 lbs. this year, which is an obtainable goal.

Next you have to decide what you are willing to give up if you do not obtain your goal, and it needs to be something that you treasure. I am willing to give up my tablet.

Two more steps and you are on your way to achieving your goal.

You need to find someone you trust who will hold you accountable and who also will profit from you not following through on your goals. Since that person will benefit from you not holding up your end of the bargain, they will be less likely to let you cheat.

And last but not least, you have to decide what steps you are going to take to obtain your goal. For losing weight I am going to quit drinking soda, eat better and start walking.

We all can say what we want to achieve in the coming year, but if we don’t know where to start we won’t have success in obtaining our goals.

Now you have the keys for success in 2013.

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