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Most of us go through the holidays over indulging and spending in excess. The end result is often times, depression, and regret. Once the new year roles around, you try to commit to a list of new years resolutions only to discover that you have three strikes against you out of the gate. There can be some logical reasons why new year resolutions fail and how to come up with a list that is actually doable.

  1. Stop making new year resolutions in the dead of winter. Think about it, during the dead of winter everything is in sleep mode. Isn't it better to come up with diets, and major changes when the environment is in sync with you and going through a process of rebirth and renewal? I have to believe that simply holding off on your resolutions until spring makes more sense. You don't see mother nature trying to do anything during this time, so it's probably a good idea to wait too.

  2. Keep resolutions simple. It's great to be ambitious and have big ideas, but sometimes these things can be so overwhelming that you end up sabotaging your efforts before you even begin. Why not make small changes, and set small goals and take it day by day. Instead of trying to lose 50 lbs by summer, why not set smaller goals like 10 lbs and see if you have what it takes to keep it going. The only thing worse than failing, is giving up entirely. Most of the time we give up when we set the bar so high we can't meet it.

  3. Use the buddy system. Ever notice how fun it is to do things with a friend? Find resolutions you both have in common and make it a joint effort. You can give each other support and encouragement and that is worth a lot especially for those big resolutions that require firm resolve.

  4. Change your resolutions. Some resolutions are just bad ideas, and as such are destined to fail and sometimes they are too much about you or something material. Why not set meaningful resolutions that require you to be something more than what you are. For instance, I am going to donate to more charities, or find a great volunteer program to participate in. Maybe you have been wanting to take a class, or course in something? Resolutions don't always have to be about attaining material possessions or physical appearance.

  5. Focus on the big picture for the year. Look at the upcoming year as a chance to make small changes that add up to big results. Set goals for each season. It is far easier to set goals for yourself when the environment is working in your favor. For instance in spring, set goals to clean your home, plant a garden, taking walks and yard work. In summer, its great to find time for diet and exercise, traveling, and spending down time vacationing. Fall is a great time to start saving money for the holidays, winterizing your home,etc. Winter is a great time of year for taking online courses, expanding your mind with reading, and crafts, or learning new recipes.

Good luck to you in the upcoming new year and may it be your best yet!

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