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The ball has dropped and we are all waking up this morning flush with energy, renewed vigor and ready to take on the world in 2013.  So goes the story this time every year.

According to a recent study, most new year’s resolutions will not even make it to February.  We keep telling ourselves, no this year is going to be different (really).

We all have the best of intentions when it comes to resolving for this or that for the new year.  It’s the execution where things begin to get fuzzy, and ultimately where the ball get’s dropped.

Here are a few tips to help you stay on course.

Get Laser Focused

Saying “I want to lose weight” is a poor goal.  Saying “I want to lose 15 pounds by March 15th” is a better and more specific goal.  Having specific and measurable goals will help keep you on track as you meet certain milestones.

Start Small

Thinking big is always encouraged, and that’s exactly what everyone should do. However, wars are won by stringing battle victories together.  The same is going to be true as you tackle your new year’s resolutions.

It’s a numbers game.  The more small goals you have, the greater the likelihood that you will knock a few of those out of the park.  Those small victories will help you build the confidence needed to tackle the lager goals and aspirations.

Envision Your Success

Everyone remembers the book, The Secret.  Most cynics wrote the book off as a bunch of fluff.  Maybe.  Nearly all successful athletes have the same pre-game ritual which involves envisioning how the game is going to go.

Seeing where the puck or the ball is going to be and developing a mental game plan for how they would achieve a desired level of success in the game.

In order to achieve and maintain our new year’s resolution, we have to employ those same tactics.  In order to achieve your goal, you have to see and feel it.  Whether it’s a better job or a leaner body.  You have to see it.

Chart Your Progress

One of your first purchases today or as soon as you can should be a notebook, or downloading the Evernote app.  Most life coaches recommend that you Write down the specific actions you take to meet your goal each day.

If you don’t do anything one day to meet your goal, make a note of that as well.  If you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up about it.  Get back on the horse and get after it again.  This process will force you to be accountable to yourself.  For better or worse, the results and your progress are there for you to see each day.

Maintain Flexibility

Where most goals fail is that there is too much rigidity around them.  We don’t give ourselves any flexibility to make adjustments.  Always have a plan B, and be ready to make a switch if the situation calls for it.  Your work schedule may not allow you to get to the gym three times a week like you wanted, but you can go twice a week until your schedule levels out.

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