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New Years Recovery Resolutions
New Years Recovery Resolutions – How To Accomplish Your Goals in 2018: Part Two
This is part-two of a two-part series about making your New Years recovery resolutions a reality.
How To Actually Bring Your New Years Recovery Resolutions To Fruition
If you’re one of the many people who has decided you want to accomplish something worthwhile this year, we want to encourage you. You can do it! If you are serious about achieving whatever goal you have set before you, and you are willing to make the effort to get it, you can make it happen. We believe in you.
Here are 8 tips for making your New Year’s recovery resolutions a reality:
- Choose one or two significant goals. Many people make the mistake of creating a bunch of really big New Year’s resolutions. They say, “I want to quit smoking, lose fifty pounds, save $10,000 AND pay off a bunch of credit card debt.” This is not realistic. By making only one or two New Year’s recovery resolutions, you make your life more manageable and it becomes easier to focus on the task at hand. Maybe you want to stay sober this year. Perhaps you want to stay away from pornography. If you are working on recovery from an addictive behavior, it is best to focus on just one or two.
- Set attainable goals. Maybe one of your recovery goals is to get in better physical condition. While it is possible to lose 100 pounds it a year, it’s a lot of pressure. Why not make it your goal to eat healthier, exercise more, and lose 50 pounds? You want to make goals that are realistic and within your reach, otherwise you will get discouraged and give up.
- Write down your goals and begin with the words “In 2018, I WILL…….” Writing down your New Years recovery resolutions makes them concrete. Don’t just say the words. When you just say something, it is like you are just wishing it to come true. When you write it down, you make it real. Be very specific: “In 2018, I WILL not use drugs or alcohol.”
- Create a plan. Saying you will do something is a great way to start, but you need to have a plan to back it up. If you want to lose weight, for example, how do you plan to do that? You need to figure out how many calories you should consume every day, how many days a week you are going to exercise, and what kind of exercise you plan on doing. Be very specific as you make your plan – whatever your goal may be.
- Get a notebook or journal dedicated specifically to your New Year’s journey. Start with writing down your goals as explained in #3. Write in your notebook every day. Track your progress, write about your feelings, mark your victories, note your setbacks. Carry your notebook everywhere you go as a reminder that you are working on your goals so you will keep them in the forefront of your mind.
- Tell your friends and family about your New Year’s recovery resolutions and ask them to be supportive in your decision to accomplish your goals this year. Tell them you have every intention of seeing them all the way through and ask them to help you stay accountable.
- Remember, this isn’t going to be easy. Be realistic about the days ahead. Get in a mindset that you are going to have to sacrifice to achieve your New Year’s recovery resolutions. You can’t accomplish any goal while staying in your comfort zone.
- Stay motivated. As you progress in your journey towards the finish line, there will probably many times along the way where you want to slack off or quit altogether. This is why so many people end up throwing their resolutions out the window by the end of February. Keep your eyes on the prize and keep up your level of enthusiasm.
Have faith in yourself that when 2018 comes to a close you will have accomplished your New Years recovery resolutions. Good luck and Happy New Year!
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