So how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Ticked all the boxes and staying on track? Fantastic news. Or is that steely resolve flagging now that we’re a couple of weeks into 2010?

Successful change depends on several factors, the most important of which is the degree of motivation to behave differently. If you really, really want things to alter and can imagine in every tiny detail how life will look and feel when you’ve achieved your goal, then you’re heading in the right direction. A crystal clear vision of how making a change will benefit you is a great start. What precisely will you (and maybe others) gain?

Also discovering what you don’t want adds clarity to your goal. And writing the goal down and telling (supportive) others what you’re aiming to achieve, by when, increases your level of commitment. Keeping the written goal in view rather than tucked away in an inconvenient drawer helps too.

Then it’s down to the nitty gritty. Doing things differently feels decidedly uncomfortable at first and it’s so much easier to fall back into the old routines. Being mindful ie consciously choosing how to act rather than drifting into autopilot mode is the key. If you persist (and many argue that around three weeks is the critical point) slowly the new regime will become a habit. You might even wonder how you ever did things the old way. (But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.)

So hang on in there for another week or two and maybe reserve judgement until the end of January. Nearly there …


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