Keeping New Year’s Resolutions


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You may have made some resolutions a couple of weeks ago… have you kept them? There are a ways to ensure that you keep the promises you make to yourself. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Make your resolution specific. So, rather than saying “I want to lose weight,’ say ‘I would like to lose 2 pounds a week for the next 6 weeks.’ Focusing your goal more will help to make it real and therefore you will be more likely to stick to it!
  • Outline the methods by which you will work towards your resolution. For example if you resolution is to ‘be healthier,’ you are more likely to achieve this if you make clear to yourself the methods that you will use to make this happen. For example, ‘I will eat my 5 a day everyday’ or, ‘I will go swimming 3 times a week.’
  • Write down your resolutions somewhere where you will see them often, perhaps on a noticeboard in your kitchen. That way you will be constantly reminded about them and this will prompt you to take action if you have been slacking!
  • Get a resolution buddy. You are much more likely to stick to your resolutions if you have someone supporting you. One reason that this is a good idea is that your buddy can keep you on track and remind you to keep going if you have wandered off course! Another reason is accountability – you now have someone to answer to if you give up on your resolution. They may also have resolutions that they need support with – being in it together is a great motivation to keep going.

The beauty is that it doesn’t have to be New Year for you to change your habits and behaviour for the better… you can decide this at any time!

molly bridgeAbout the Author: Molly Bridge helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She originally trained as a teacher but some of her interests are brand promotion and customer experience. She doesn’t train dogs herself, but is quickly getting used to how the business works! Molly has two Standard Poodles and a Border Collie to keep herself busy with at home!

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