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    Good resolutions for the new year

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    How to make New Year resolutions without going overboard.

    In twenty years you will be more bothered by the things you haven't done than by the things you have done. So drop your moorings, get out of safe harbor and let the wind blow your sails. Explore. Dream. You discover.

    Mark Twain

    Also this year is over, you celebrated New Year as if it were your last day on earth and now you have to start again with the usual routine.



    In this period we work hard for set goals like: this year I go on a diet, this year I change jobs, I quit smoking and so on and so forth.

    If you are not new to these kinds of promises, perhaps you have not been able to keep them in the past years, in fact losing or installing new habits is not at all easy.

    Reason why in this article I will first focus on decisions to be taken and only after on habits, because it is the decisions that trigger the will to change something.

    Making a decision is easier if the reason is sincere and consequently it is also easier to change a habit.

    Make decisions for the new year

    Making a choice is the first real step to take to get started design your life, a good decision could be:

    • Exercise at least a couple of times a week
    • Meditate regularly
    • Write a diary
    • Read one book a month
    • Save for the future
    • Eat healthier
    • Increase your self-esteem
    • Watch less television
    • Starting a media diet
    • Cut back on cigarettes or quit smoking
    • Gradually get out of the comfort zone
    • Find time for yourself
    • Order your space
    • Learn how to make money
    • Increase the reading speed
    • Delete a harmful saying
    • Fighting stress once and for all

    Avoid establishing too many good intentions, otherwise you will end up not making even one; for this reason, identify those 2 or 3 things that are really important in your life and make decisions in these areas.



    Try to imagine where the choices you make now will lead you, imagine which ones positive consequences you will activate into your life with a simple decision that you will make right now.

    Plan a good habit and make good resolutions

    Once you have determined what you want to improve, convert your good intentions into one new habit well defined.

    As I said, eliminating a habit is not very simple, especially if we have been following it for many years, so you have to work on it day after day to make it as automatic as possible.

    To start a habit, start with the simple actions you can do every day:

    1. Establish only one new habit at a time. Focus on a few feasible actions, setting too many good intentions is counterproductive.
    2. Establish your habit and take action every day. Daily action is imperative to getting the habit into your routine.
    3. Always do things the same way. Carry out your action in the same way, in order to fix the gesture in your mind.
    4. Do them at the same time. Always act at the same time to solidify your behavior.
    5. Turn habit into routine. Persevere every day, until the habit becomes spontaneous and automatic.
    6. Activate the autopilot of the new habit. Try not to think about your action anymore to see if the good intentions have been assimilated.

    Come on priority to this new habit, put it in front of everything and try to insert or associate fun with the new gesture.


    For example, if you want to get into the habit of brushing your teeth once more a day, try doing it using your non-dominant hand, that is, if you usually hold the toothbrush with your right hand, start using your left hand to make the more playful and addicting action.



    Also keep in mind that without passion, you will hardly go very far, so make good resolutions that at least partly fall within the range of your passions.

    We generally tend to overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in a single day, so stop putting it off until tomorrow and get closer to your goal. today.

    The last step is to identify the obstacles in advance, if you have decided to read a book a month, but you already know that in the evening you will not want to do it, cut out in advance some time, perhaps during the lunch break or in the morning before going to school or work.


    If you let yourself be caught unprepared by the difficulties, you will be more tempted to abandon the new habit you are trying to establish, instead planning carefully and contemplating any obstacles, you will be able to effectively bypass them.

    New Year's Resolutions

    • Make quality decisions
    • Eliminate a bad habit
    • Make good resolutions
    • Establish healthy habits
    • Predict any obstacles

    To make this year finally different from the past, you need to start making quality decisions and focus on one habit at a time.

    Your life does not have a purpose set by others, it is you who must give it the lifeblood by establishing good resolutions.

    Life is yours, you just have to choose how to live it.

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