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10 easy steps to keep New Year’s resolutions

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Surveys show that more than 50% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions within 3 days to 3 weeks. The most common reasons are that they do not take a longer term view of what the resolutions are for; and that they also do not plan how they will make them happen.


Here is an easy method for making 2009 the year you achieve your New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Reflect back on last year. List all the goals and things that you achieved. Congratulate yourself on all your achievements!
  2. Make a list of the New Year’s resolutions you want to set for 2009. Now pick just one resolution.
  3. Ask yourself the following:
    1. Is this something I really want?
    2. Is this something that I can really achieve? (Goals that are too easy or too hard will be abandoned.)
    3. Is this for me or someone else?
    4. What will happen if I don’t achieve this?
    5. What will happen if I do achieve this?
  4. Take the chosen resolution/goal and write it in the following format: in the present tense, clear, concise and how you will measure your success. E.g. It is now 15 June, I have lost 5kg and feel great.
  5. Write out which steps you need to take in order to achieve this resolution/goal. This forms your plan for achieving it.
  6. Write out which obstacles might get in the way and what you can do or who you can call on to overcome the obstacles. E.g use the services of a friend, personal coach, personal trainer, enrol in a course, etc.
  7. What is the first step you will take in the next 24 hours?
  8. Most important step: How are you going to celebrate achieving this resolution?


Christie Pinto is a master results coach and NLP practitioner based in Balaclava, Victoria.

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