Happy New Year and welcome to 2019. The start of a new year is always filled with such hope—with endless possibilities and infinite potential. This is the year you’ll start exercising. This is the year those healthy eating habits will stick. This is the year you’ll pay off your debt, travel internationally, learn a new language…

This is the year.

So…what have you done so far to set your New Year’s resolutions in motion?

If you’ve been taking daily action towards reaching your goals, it’s time to congratulate yourself! If you’ve begun exercising regularly, reward yourself with a fun, exciting workout—maybe splurge on a Salsa lesson, or a hip-hop dance class! If you’ve cut back on sugars or fats, try out a new, healthy desert recipe this weekend. If you’ve already started putting money into savings, spent more quality time with your children, or made other positive steps towards reaching your New Year’s resolutions, look at yourself in the mirror and say, You’re doing great, keep up the good work.

When you reward yourself for a job well done, you trigger the release of “feel good” hormones in your brain. Biologically, your brain begins to associate your actions with this reward, and will seek more of it. This perpetuates the development of healthy habits in line with your New Year’s resolutions, and sets you up to maintain these healthy habits in the long-run.

Now, if you’ve been procrastinating on getting started with your New Year’s resolutions, give yourself permission to reset and start taking action today. Remind yourself why you chose your resolution, and make adjustments if needed to be sure your targets are realistic.

Here are some ways you can tackle your resolutions to make them more manageable and attainable:

1. Stay small & set yourself up for success. Sure, losing weight and running a first-ever marathon and paying off 100% of your debt are great targets. But aiming too high is a surefire way to set yourself up for failure. I strongly suggest narrowing down to one target and really considering the commitment it will require of you. Giving up coffee completely is less realistic than cutting back to one cup in the morning. Keeping your targets realistic builds confidence as you actually reach them!

2. Don’t be vague. If your resolution is to lose weight, give it a specific number. Specific targets (lose 20 pounds) are easier to keep than vague goals (lose weight). It’s important to define how you’re going to tackle your target. Be as specific as possible. Outline a meal plan and exercise schedule. Identify the ways you’ll hold yourself accountable.

3. Put it in writing. I am a huge, HUGE fan of journaling. When you write down your target, it creates a greater sense of accountability which increases your chance of success. Try to write your resolutions down by hand, as this is proven to be more effective than typing them on a computer. My Daily Intentions Planner is a highly effective guided intentions journal proven to help people reach their targets through consistent action and self-reflection.

4. Tell the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but sharing your targets with friends and family makes it harder to give up on reaching them. Talk about your progress with the people who love and care about you, and ask for help if you need it. No one achieves greatness without support! However, there’s a fine line between asking for help and completely relying on others…at the end of the day, you have to be your own cheerleader—and you have to believe in yourself more than anyone else does!

5. Check in on your progress. Grant yourself the flexibility to adjust your resolutions as you learn more about what it takes to achieve them. If you set your sights too low, it’s never too late to up the ante. If you realize your resolution is unrealistic, assess the situation and set a more feasible objective. If what you set out to accomplish doesn’t fit your lifestyle or is no longer relevant, you have permission to edit or delete it. You owe it to yourself to adapt to changing life circumstances!

6. Reward yourself! Going back to what I said earlier about celebrating your successes…be sure to reward yourself for taking action and working towards realizing your New Year’s resolutions. And, to follow that, don’t beat yourself up for falling off the wagon. No one is perfect, we all slip up, and that’s perfectly fine. Acknowledge, celebrate and reward yourself for the actions you do take and the targets you do hit.

Whatever your targets are for 2019, I wholeheartedly believe you can reach them. These guidelines are a great place to start, but if you’re looking for a bit more guidance in becoming the truly amazing person you are and creating the amazing life you deserve and dream of, I would love to talk to you.

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teri karjala

Teri devotes herself to being the resource people need to uncover their greatest levels of joy and fulfillment in their everyday lives. From teaching courses, keynoting powerhouse events, and being a consistent abundance advocate, onlookers cannot help but leave her presence feeling energized, equipped, and ready to live life to its greatest capacity.