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Five Straightforward Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” When it comes to improving your life in the New Year, taking the first step is only half the battle.  To help you take each additional step toward your goals, here are some straightforward tips for how to make your resolutions stick.

We hope that these tips help you take each necessary step toward your goals for 2013!

We hope that these tips help you take each necessary step toward your goals for 2013!

1. Evaluate your productivity habits. The old saying, “you are your own worst enemy” can be especially true when it comes to being productive. Taking a moment to review your own habits when it comes to productivity can be very eye-opening. Figuring out your key motivators can go a long way toward realistically keeping your resolutions. On her blog PeaceandProjects.com, writer Melissa Gorzelanczyk shares tips such as crossing your most important items off of your list first thing in the day, beginning your day with something you love (like coffee!), and setting a timer to log how long it actually takes you to focus on one thing at a time. By evaluating what helps you to become your most productive self, you set yourself up for success.

2. Get very specific. When it comes to making and achieving goals, be as specific as possible about how you will achieve those goals. Gretchen Rubin, blogger and author of the best-selling book The Happiness Project, encourages her readers to imagine anything and then fine-tune the logistics of how those dreams will play out. So, rather than saying, “I want to get fit,” try something like, “I am going to incorporate 30 minutes of cardio into my schedule three times a week.” Then, actually schedule those workouts as though they were must-keep appointments.

3. Ask for help. When the going gets tough, ask for help. Rubin also embraces the idea that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather it truly does help! So, if you hit a plateau or simply are not sure of the best way to go about achieving your goal, find somebody with a wealth of wisdom to share–or consider finding a mentor. There is no need to re-invent the wheel, and you just might make some new, valuable relationships in the process of asking for help.

4. Avoid limiting yourself. Rather than focusing on “limiting” yourself, make resolutions that enrich your life. This simple shift in perspective can do wonders. Rather than focusing on what “not” to do, and then eventually caving in, you free up mental energy to focus on the possibility of making meaningful change.

5. Embrace technology. If you have a jam-packed schedule, or if you are looking for simple ways to boost your follow-through, consider using your smartphone to help you remember to do things like fit in exercise. There are a variety of apps out there that are designed to help you keep nearly any resolution. Here is a list of free apps that help you incorporate physical activity and delicious healthy food. For those of you who love your iPhone, check out the article “12 iPhone Apps to Jumpstart Your New Year’s Resolutions.”

Whether or not you enjoy making resolutions, we encourage you to embrace wellness this year. Incorporating simple tips like those above can mean the difference between following through with the positive changes you’d like to make or leaving them on the shelf come springtime. If you are interested in getting fit, making new friends, or incorporating more relaxation into your life, we invite you to explore the variety of membership opportunities available at Garden of the Gods Club. To learn more, contact Membership Director Tracey Kalata at 719.520.4980 or tkalata@ggclub.com.

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