Forget Willpower to Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions!

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Today I received an email from Gerard Yanuzzi of “My Personal Strategic Life Plan” where he shared  10 tips on how to keep your New Year’s Resolutions without relying on willpower and I just had to share them with you!

As the peak season for making New Year’s resolutions near, most people, behavioral experts say, approach the process exactly wrong: They rely on willpower.

Instead, keeping a resolution requires a detailed plan, with emotional rewards when milestones are reached – and even a strategy when there’s a setback.  Start planning now to increase your chances of success.

Here are 10-tips to get you started:

1 – Make a realistic plan in advance (Hooray! You’re already doing this by completing your Personal Strategic Life Plan).

2 – Practice in advance exercising self-control in other areas of your life.

3 – Think in advance about what might cause setbacks and slips and plan to avoid those things.

4 – Plan rewards for yourself when you do new habits.

5 – Practice focusing on your new habit instead of the old one.

6 – Expect setbacks and slips.

7 – Make a plan for bouncing back from setbacks and slips.

8 – Plan punishments to help get started, such as denying yourself TV.

9 – Reduce other life stress if possible.

10 – Use positive reinforcement 80% of the time, negative reinforcement 20%.

Here’s to your success in making 2011 the best year ever!!! 

Article Source:  My Strategic Life Plan

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