New Year's resolutions 

Life coach Sandy Warr gives practical tips on how to put your good intentions into action and achieve your long-term goals.

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Transcript of New Year's resolutions

That depends on the resolution.

Some go away quite quickly. I try to stick to them quite a while.

I suppose this year I'll be giving up smoking again

and hopefully I'll try to stick with it this time.

I usually stick to them for about a month.

Then I give up.

Oh, about two weeks!

The thing about new year is we turn over a new page in the calendar

and it starts with a new number.

There is a feeling that we want to forget the bad habits of the old year

or the bad practices and start again.

It's a time when people start diets, give up smoking,

change their drinking habits

maybe think about changing their career

or taking up new hobbies.

So it can be a real opportunity to take stock of our lives

and start a new chapter.

One of my new year's resolutions is to start eating healthier.

Try to go organic.

To go to the gym more often. I've kept to that mostly.

Maybe towards the end of the year it starts to tail off.

Around Christmas time. I tend not to go at all.

I think just eating healthily after Christmas.

Just general wellbeing.

One of my new year's resolutions is to exercise more

and eat the right foods, of course.

No more cream, cream cakes.

The usual stuff, getting fitter, doing changes in my life.

I want to start a business.

The first thing you have to do is make sure it is very specific.

It's not enough to say, "I want to lose weight,"

or "I want to get fit," or "I want to cut down on drinking."

Get it in detail, get it with numbers on it

and get a time scale on it.

I would suggest you write it down.

You can easily say to yourself on New Year's Day,

"I'm going to go to the gym every week," and then not remind yourself,

but if you have it written up somewhere,

and then work out a time table and a plan.

Do the resolution and either do it with somebody

or just say that resolution to a good friend.

Tell your friend, "Hold me to account."

It's vital if you're going to set a resolution

to let other people know you're doing it so they can help you.

If it is exercise and you've got a friend that you can exercise with,

fantastic, you can buddy up with someone and train with them.

But it's also nice to have someone you can turn to and say,

"I had a great week," and they'll congratulate you,

or "I didn't have such a good week,"

and they know why you're doing it,

and they can help you get back on track.

Do something with a goal.

Do something to achieve something rather than to be a certain way.

For example, I go running and I want to run a marathon in 2008.

Having this goal gets me out running on a rainy day.

Rather than just running to get fit, I run to run my marathon.

Make your resolutions realistic and easy to fit into your usual life,

otherwise you won't stick to them.

When you're trying to keep to your new year's resolution,

don't worry if you have the odd slip.

It's perfectly natural.

It can be very useful because you can learn from it.

We all live real lives.

Sometimes we have a bit of a slip but it doesn't mean

the whole resolution has to be thrown away.

It really is to do with determination,

awareness and stickability.

Just keep on doing it.

You've got to want to achieve

whatever resolution you're going to attempt.

New year's resolutions can be a great way

of making a change in your life, setting up good habits for yourself

and setting a goal, meeting it, achieving it.

Making that change in yourself

can be fantastically good for your health,

for your energy, for your self-esteem.

So it's a great idea to set a resolution.

Be specific and follow those tasks until you get there.

I'm quite good.

If I've put down a resolution, I'll stick to it.

I see it through to the end.

Last reviewed: 11/10/2011

Next review due: 11/10/2013

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