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New Years Revolution

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New Years Revolution

Yes folks the theme this year is new years revolution and that means its time to come whip out that list you made a few weeks ago or verbally pledged to during you last cocktail party and get cracking on revolutionizing your life. So what fundamental shift do you expect to make this year? Did you know the number one resolution on everybody’s list is to lose weight? did you also know that 72% of those that pledge to shed the pounds fail to do so as early as the end of Jabuary? Well no we can have that, this is why you are revolutionizing and not just resolving.

Here are some tips to keep you on track whether it be losing weight, saving more money or spending more time with family and freinds. The following three tips will help you keep motivated and focussed.

1) See the end goal: A lot of people will blatenly say their goal is to lose weight or save more money. But what does success look like? You need to set boundaries and goals. You need to specifiy how much weight you want to lose. How much you want to save in money and most importantly how you’re going to get there. My wife and I were always wondering where our money went. I mean most of us have mortgages, cars and other expenses but when you do the math at the end of the year we were getting nervous that spending was spiraling out of control. So we sat down and came up with a plan of how much money we want to save each month. We actually had some fun with it and made it somewhat competitive. For each $5000 incremental that we would see within our bank account we were able to take $200 and do whatever with it, whether it was go on vacation or a nice day out. So if it took us 3 months to go from $15,000 to $20,000 we would celebrate and at the same time it was a great motivator to save more.

2) Be realistic: When I used to train people in the gym, I often got people telling me they wanted to lose 45 pounds in a month or they wanted to quit their job, open a company and hit it big within a few months. All this is great for motivation but when you fall, you fall even harder when your goals are unrealistic. Now i’m not suggesting you write a big novel on how you think you’ll acheive this but even writing some milestones behind a napkin at the dinner table (assuming your parents arent watching because they would find that rude) can go a long way in helping you be realistic. Do some research online to see how long it really takes to lose 45 pounds or how to run a business. Take baby steps and combined they will take you the whole mile.

3) Reward yourself on the way: I find some people are often hard on themselves when they were just shy of meeting their milestones or even if they were way off. The important thing is you’re doing something about which is a lot more commendable than just thinking about doing it. So you saved $1,000 instead of $5,000 or so you lost 5 pounds when your goal was 15. The important thing is you are far more ahead now then you were a few weeks ago and that my friends is something to congratulate and reward yourselvs on. Be sure to thank those that helped you along the way and give yourself that pat on the back.

Adhering to your goals is no different than how a CEO would run a business. They understand the vision, where they want to go, set up milestones and reward themselves along the way. Be your own boss and take control of your lifestyle and along the journey think positive.

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