Following Through on our Promises to Ourselves

So how many resolutions have we made over the years? We proclaim every year around Christmas that we’re done but come New Year’s Eve, we find ourselves caught up in the mix, resolving to take off those pounds or exercise more. We may even go so far as making real promises like spending more time with loved ones, stopping that nasty habit or doing something great for ourselves.

Then around February or so we have a hard time remembering what the promises were that we vowed as the New Year dawned.

So what can we do to keep that resolution?

It’s always wise to strike while the iron is hot. While you’re still feeling the momentum of promises you intend to keep, grab a calendar. Schedule in dates for the things you want to do. If it’s exercise, plan times and work out a schedule that is not sprinkled with fairy dust. You are not going to the gym 6 days a week so don’t make promises that you can’t keep. Schedule in 2-3 and acclimate yourself.

If you plan to take a trip or a class, schedule it. Once you’ve signed up and committed yourself, you’re more likely to follow through. If you’ve been wanting to downsize, up-size, or get out altogether to go live on a beach, call an agent.

Do something that puts your resolution in motion.

They always say things are more fun with a friend and a friend can be a good motivator when you’re ready to give up and quit. If you have a choice, choose someone competitive and reliable. If there’s no one available in your personal life, check out your neighbors, tack a note up one the gym bulletin board or put a post on Facebook or Twitter. There are lots of folks who want someone they can work with as well.

Holiday resolutions can be great motivators for making the changes we want to make. In the heart of our pronouncement, there’s generally a legitimate desire for change. Put yourself to the task and make the effort. You’ll thank yourself when you accomplish what you set out to and look forward to the year rolling around again.