Exercises to Help Set Your New Year's Resolution

Did you make New Year's resolutions to lose weight or to get in shape? How many years have you set the same resolution only to have given it up by February? It's time to start planning your New Year's resolution. Really, it's just about goal setting. You need to be an effective goal setter to be successful. Set goals for yourself throughout the year, not just at New Year's. Take a few minutes and sit down with pen and paper to do these goal setting exercises.

What does it mean when you say you want to lose weight?? Does it mean you want to see a specific number on your scale? Does it mean you want to get into a certain pair of jeans? People don't set specific or powerful enough goals for themselves. Make a goal to keep yourself motivated.

Keep your goal S.M.A.R.T. (SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, REALISTIC AND TIMELY).? Most importantly, make it powerful and emotional.


With you pen and paper ask yourself these questions and jot it down.

My goal for this year is to: _________________________

Now ask yourself, why is this goal any different from those in the past?

Why will you be able to succeed this time?

What obstacles did you have before when setting a similar goal?

How will you overcome these obstacles should they be set in front of you this time?

When you can answer these questions, you will be set on course to stay true to your goal. Keep your goal with you at all times. Make it visible so you can stay motivated.?

Everything you do comes from your need to avoid pain and to gain pleasure. Achieving your goal has to give you great pleasure. And not achieving your goal has to give you great pain. If your goal doesn't evoke a strong emotional response when read, it simply won't work.

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Lisa Druxman, M.A., the creator of Stroller Strides, is a nationally recognized speaker, author and highly regarded expert in the field of pre/postnatal fitness.

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