Thursday, January 2, 2014

5 Steps to Make a Lasting Change!

Most people are afraid of change, changing our nature is hard.  Habits that are naturally engrained in us is hard. So, some people feel like they fail and then they give up. For one thing, you must NOT be so hard on yourself AND don't make so far fetched goals that are almost impossible to do. However, if you make the goal and you truly want it for a good reason then you can do it! You can not always make changes alone, sometimes you do need the help!  But, you CAN change your behavior and your very desires can change if it's truly what you want!

So, How do you Make a Lasting change? How do you keep your New Year's Resolutions?

Well, if you even want to improve yourself then that is great step. Those who say they don't care to make Goals for themselves are afraid.... afraid of change, afraid of rejection, afraid of failing, afraid of starting!

To make a lasting change.....
1. Figure out your weaknesses, figure out what needs to be changed.
     *What do you want to accomplish in 3 months? In 6 months? When it's this time next year what things are you going to be proud of accomplishing?

2. COMMIT to changing no matter how easy or hard it may be.

3. Make a Plan of how you will accomplish it.
   *Make SMART goals, ones that are
      Specific- clearly define it and write it down and/or share it with others.
     Measurable- for example you cannot just say "I want to look better." You need to be more specific, "I           want to reduce my body fat by 5% in 12 weeks."
     Attainable-the right mix of challenging but not extreme.  You want to challenge yourself enough to grow         as a person.
     Realistic- You need to be both willing AND able to work! You have to truly believe that you can                 accomplish the goal you are setting.
     Timely- A goal should always have a specific date of completion. It should be realistic but not too distant       in the future.  Make goals every so often and decide little steps (things you can do tomorrow and each          day) that will help you reach your big goals.  Every little step in the right direction helps you reach a goal!!

4. Ask for support- friends/family or join a support group.  Studies show that this is a crucial step, even if you feel like you can do it on your own.

5. Follow Through!! Tell yourself you can't just begin, you must finish!! And you will!

                     “Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you; beginners are many, but finishers are few. Honor, power, place and praise will always come to the one who stays. Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you; bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it, too; for out of the bend and the sweat and the smile will come life’s victories after a while.” Enjoy more from Thomas S. Monson

I can't remember the exact statistics of people who make resolutions, but it went something like this.  About 70% of people make resolutions.  About 80-90% stick to them for the first week.  Only about 50% make it for 6 months and 40% keep it for the whole year.

Why can't you be in that 40%??? Make that number bigger! YOU CAN!

                                belive, obey and endure +++For more quotes on #inspiration and #motivation, visit

So, what are some of your Goals this year???

*Do you want to finally get in shape or Eat Healthier this year? Check out my 12-Week Workout Plan +Nutrition Guide.  It also comes with that full group support that is so crucial for success.
or Join a local CrossFit Gym!

*Do you want to save money?
Look at this cool idea.  Save just $1 every week and see how much you can save this year!!

My 52 Week Savings Plan

This Link also has some great FREE Financial Calendar Printables.

*Do you want to get more Organized & Keep your House Clean? See one of my super popular posts that I wrote a couple years ago, "House Cleaning Organization." I'm going to stick to it this year!!!!
"Clean Mama" also has a great idea HERE.

You can also Download these Super cute Goal making and fun printables from my friend over at One Willis Family and get the whole family in on the New Years Resolutions.

Make 2014 your year! You got this!! ;)

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