New Year’s Resolutions You Absolutely Can Achieve

It’s the dawn of the New Year and your motivation to take charge of your life is high.  As you assess your life, your attention is steered to an area that you’d like to improve upon. Whether it’s losing ten pounds, eating more nutritious foods for the sake of your health, beginning an exercise regime or quitting smoking or alcohol, your goals are lofty and feel like they are within your reach.

Then just as you are beginning to feel the inevitable joy arise within you at the prospect of being all that you can be, the dreaded voices of doubt begin to barrage your senses.  “Who are you kidding, you make this commitment to yourself every year. Why would this year be any different?  What makes you think you can do it?  You’re a couch potato so go ahead and do just that…sit on the couch, turn on the TV and away you go..  Why set yourself up for disappointment?”

Before you succumb to these negative voices, know and trust you have a choice and you can rise up to meet them by putting in place the following eight steps which are guaranteed to ensure your success and help you to create the life of your dreams.

1.    Your Goal must be Realistic:

Don’t set the bar too high.  In other words, if your goal is to begin exercising, avoid the temptation to run five miles the first day and then fall over in exhaustion, thereby halting your inner commitment to get in shape this year.  Instead, remember that slow and steady is what ultimately wins the race when it comes to achieving your goals.  If you want to stop drinking and cold turkey has never worked for you before, begin to cut back and set guidelines for yourself, e.g. I only drink on Saturday evening or I will not drink alone at home.

2.    Stay Focused on Your Vision

Rather than putting all your attention on any possible failures, focus your awareness on the outcome that you desire for yourself.  Spend time fantasizing about the reward of achieving your higher potential.  If your goal is to become an excellent public speaker, imagine the audience applauding you as you leave the podium after delivering your speech.  See the audience in a large auditorium, hear the applause, feel the warmth in the hand-shake, hear the NEW self-talk “Wow, you did great!  That was an exceptional speech!”.  If you have been battling with nicotine addiction, use all your senses to help you relish in the wonderful feeling of living your life smoke-free, breathing easily.  Take time to sense the relief and the joy of having your hair, clothes, furniture and car smell clean and fresh.  Hear the sound of your inner voice
and the voices of loved ones supporting you and congratulating you.

3.    Model Success

Find someone who has already accomplished your coveted goal and discern their wisdom in this area of their life.  See if you can distill the steps they took to achieve what you desire to accomplish for yourself.  Use the person who has already succeeded with what you are attempting to achieve, as a model for yourself to help you break free from any obstacles. Chances are they encountered similar challenges and by studying their method of success, you can obtain valuable information on how to get beyond these difficulties.

4.    Believe in a New Possibility for Yourself

The past need not be a barometer of the future.  You are worthy of attaining the goals that mean so much to you. If there is anyone else that has what it takes to achieve the goal, know that you do too.  The key is belief in yourself, perseverance and persistence.  If you feel discouraged, remind yourself that it took Alexander Graham Bell fourteen years to invent the telephone.  Even though Babe Ruth is famous for having the most home runs when he was alive and playing baseball, it’s helpful to realize that he also had the most strike-outs. Failure and success go hand in hand when you are playing the game of life.  Stay strong in your belief that you deserve the best life possible for yourself.

5.    Set Attainable, Measurable Goals

It makes it a whole lot easier to experience success when you have a measurable, realistic goal.  Rather than focusing on a large goal that looms in the distance, such as eating only organic foods that you grow yourself, tell yourself that you will plant an herb garden with five or six fresh herbs within the next ten days. Find a time when you can comfortably shop for the plants, fertilizer and pots, and schedule it on your calendar. Then plan a few meals that will allow you the delicious reward of eating the nutritious greens that you have planted yourself.  Setting these types of specific, reachable goals ensures the likelihood that you will ultimately live the type of life you desire.

6.    An Action a Day

Establishing positive momentum is the key.  Each day take a minimum of one positive action towards your goal. If your goal is to lose 20 lbs, make sure that every day you are moving in that direction.  Keep one or two full glasses of water near your bed, so that when you wake up in the morning you can be sure to start your day with sufficient pure, fresh water to help cleanse your system.  If you take the bus to work, get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way.  Have comfortable shoes in your bag to make it easier to follow through on this goal, despite the fact that it may be raining or you may feel tired, in the moment.  Commit to taking these small actions regardless of your moods or the weather.

7.    Ask for What Your Want

Sometimes we are afraid to ask for what we want for fear that we won’t get it.  If we don’t request it, however, we are far less likely to realize our dreams.  Faith is essential when we are stepping into a new way of being. Take a few moments each day to bow your mind to your heart and just ask your Higher Self, God, (whatever is your belief system) or even the deepest place within your soul, to help you to find the courage, strength and wisdom within yourself to master this area of your life and be all that you can be in the world.  Ask to be shown how you can not only change for yourself, and set a better example for others by living in this new way.  Often when we set goals, not only to improve our own lives, but to create greater good for mankind, those positive impulses help to propel us forward.

8.    Write Your Goals Down

There is a certain power in writing things down.  Write down very specifically what you wish to create for yourself and be sure to include details in your writing.  For example you may jot down in your journal, “I am happy and vibrant.  Every day I put on my headset and walk, jog, dance or rollerblade.  I love to be outside in the park exercising, enjoying the fresh air and all the delightful sights, sounds and smells around me.  It feels so good to be alive and move my body.”  Writing these goals down will strengthen your own personal commitment.

Following these eight steps will improve your ability to accomplish that which means so much to you.  Every day affirm to yourself that you are worth it.  You don’t have to let life’s challenges and distractions get in your way.

This year, 2012, truly can be the year that you step into the fabulous, beautiful self that you truly are!

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