We are two weeks into the New Year and you and your friends at your apartments in Blacksburg, VA have made a few New Year’s Resolutions. Have you been sticking to them? Here are some tips to help you stick with your New Year's Resolutions in 2014:
Visualize yourself once you've reached your goal. This takes your focus away from what's holding you back and puts it onto all that you'll receive from your efforts. Whether your resolution is to be 15 pounds lighter, to cross the finish line or to be successful at that fantastic new job, see it now.
Rephrase Your Goal
The problem with most resolutions is that they are not positive. Instead of saying, "I'm going running at 5 a.m., 4 times a week," say, "I'll slip into a size 6 for my cousin's wedding!" That sounds more fun.
Take Baby Steps
You need a plan, not just a goal. That means breaking it down into small steps to take along the way. It's also a good idea to break down your big picture into smaller, actionable steps. Set goals that seem easy, so you get to win.
Celebrate the Small Stuff
Success breeds confidence. Take note -- maybe even write down -- every time you make a step toward your resolution. You'll be surprised how often you are making headway.
Get a Buddy
Pair up with a friend who has a goal of her own and meet once a week to check in with each other. Most people lack accountability. Set up the support you'll need, which more than likely includes having someone to keep you motivated.
Invest Some Money
Consider spending a little cash on your resolution. Cash or the like can help your resolution, because you don’t want to waste it.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Don't stress out if you already fell from grace. It is more important to get back on the horse as quickly as possible. Instead of getting down, use it as a learning experience.
Give up Something Else
Making time for your resolution usually means something else you do has got to go, but it shouldn't be something you love. What are you doing that you're not passionate about.
Know Your Passions
As long as you know what drives you, motivation may start to come.
Keeping a resolution can mean stepping outside your comfort zone -- and that takes a lot of confidence. Let go of fear, doubt, insecurity and nervousness. Try a relaxation technique, whether it's meditation or yoga or prayer -- whatever de-stresses you. It will help you take one little risk at a time.