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5 Tips to keep your New Year’s Resolutions

Dec 27, 2012 01:14PM ● By Tanya Joy Brueckner

What are some of the things that you know you should be doing that you’re not doing?  Why does that happen?  Oftentimes we feel like bonking ourselves over the head wondering why our goals or resolutions aren’t being met or kept. New Year’s resolutions come at a specific time of year when we reflect on our current actions and make goals to meet, or make resolutions to change. Are any of the following goals something you have aimed for in the past, or want to work on for 2013?

~Lose weight
~Improve health
~Exercise regularly
~Attain more clients
~Increase personal time
~Get more family time

Whether you own your own business, have a family, or just to strive to live your best life possible, all of these goals need to start from within and by taking care of you. The following five tips can be applied to each of these common goals often made at the beginning of the year.

1 Write your goal down on paper. When we write our goal or resolution down on paper somehow it suddenly becomes real. For example, you know you have needed to lose weight to be healthier, or you know you have been neglecting yourself in order to help others. This written reminder will alert you to those habits which are not serving your goal.

2 Plan how you are getting there. When we go on a road trip we use Google maps; when we go on a personal goal trip we need a system to get there, too. Not having a plan will lead to failure. Just as we use Google Maps as our tool, there are many “tools” out there that can help us attain our goals. Look in the Natural Awakenings directory. There you will find psychologists, health coaches, wellness facilities, business coaches, and many other tools that can help minimize your time spent on business, and help maximize your time to achieve your goal. Consider using a bookkeeper instead of doing it yourself or treat yourself to a facial as part of your “taking care of me” time.

3Track your progress. When the horses at the Del Mar race track leave their corrals, they all run fast at the beginning striving to reach their goal of finishing first at the end of the track. As human beings our actions are similar to that horse beginning the race, busting out of the New Year with hopes and dreams. But quite often our race with ourselves putters out. If we diagram that “race” and put down how we are going to get there, how that will happen, and how long it will take to happen we can further prevent that puttering out.

4 Avoid negativity. Let’s face it; there are a lot of suckers out there. When I say suckers, I mean positivity or prana suckers. When you hear someone doubting you, or anyone speaking badly about you or others, do not participate. Do not get sucked into the negativity. This is one of my favorite quotes to live by:

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
~ Lao Tzu

5 Surround yourself with positivity!  This is a big one toward success. You have to believe in yourself and that you can achieve your goal, considering it is realistic and reasonable. Just because you are making this happen does not mean you have to do it alone. Again, just look at the Natural Awakenings directory. A personal trainer is a huge support in your fitness goals, a nutritionist can help you eat right, a massage therapist or esthetician can help you relax and take care of your body, a web designer can help grow your business, a payroll service can free up valuable time for your family, and the list goes on. Just remember, a positive influence can help open the door to succeeding in your goals, but you are the one who needs to enter.

Tanya Joy has been a team member at Envision Personalized Health for over 10 years. She is a licensed esthetician as well as a yoga and Pilates instructor. At Envision Personalized Health, a wellness facility in San Diego, trainers are available to personalize health and fitness programs for their clients. For more information, call 619-229-9695 or visit