New Year’s Day signifies a date of resolution for many people.  However a recent poll suggests that 56% of folks are not likely to make a resolution for 2011.  Is January 1 the only day to implement life changing habits? Statistics show that 75% of people keep their resolution week 1. At two weeks, 71 % are still going strong with their goals. At 30 days, 64% are still keeping with the program. However, at 6 months less than half (46%) are still keeping their resolutions.

The power in change lies in the fact that we can pick any day to resolve an unwanted habit. Achieving success can greatly increase when we have the following three suggestions.

Pick one goal. Many people set two or three major New Year’s Resolutions. Attempting to quit smoking, drinking and lose weight are major life changes Yet oftentimes, those are the most common resolutions.  Keep the focus on one goal. Write down your goals and read them through. Pick the one goal that rings true to you.

Set structure for success. Once you have selected your goal, plan how you are going to set up your day to support your goal. Our conscious mind may be on board for you to achieve your goal with “I know I want to quit smoking” or “ I really want to lose 20 pounds”. However, your subconscious mind may be kicking and screaming about changing your habit. Pre-planning your day can make all the difference in the world for your goal success. For example, making a meal plan and packing your food the night before can decrease the chance buying fast food the next day. Sugarless lemon drops in your desk drawer may help stave off nicotine cravings. Setting up preventative measures can keep you prepared for staying on track with your goal.

Get support. As you set up daily structure for success, you will undoubtedly find opportunities for support programs. A big mind trap can be thinking that you are the only person going through change in your life. The truth is there are countless people working through the same goal all around you. Find one person or a group of folks working at the same goal. You will have greater success in achieving your goal if you are accountable for your choices. You may find local programs, friends or internet groups that align with your goal. Asking for help doesn’t mean you are weak.  Getting support in place shows a level of commitment to make true change in your life. over 25 years in the health care profession, Lisa Birnesser has studied stress relief techniques and have helped hundreds of people reduce stress in their lives.Lisa specializes stress management coaching by helping people do what matters most every day.

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