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Maybe it's the FEAR of FAILURE that keeps me from a NY resolution?

Posted By: Aiko Iwashita · 12/30/2013 5:57:00 AM

It's December 30th ... that means 2 more sleeps until we welcome in the year 2014.  Will I or won't I make a New Years resolution?

I think for the first time ever I am going to be serious and actually make a resolution ... but I'd rather call it a GOAL.

They say the fear of failure can either motivate us to succeed, other times it can be too much for us to handle and preventing us from pursuing our goals. - I choose to not be afraid!

As I put my GOAL out into the Universe ... it totally scares me because I now have to be accountable.  Oh man ... should I even do this?  45% of us make resolutions/goals at this time every year and only 8% actually achieve them.   Ok so maybe you and I need some help. 

HOW CAN WE KEEP TO OUR RESOLUTIONS/GOALS IN 2014?

Write it down: One of the best ways to stick to your New Year resolution is by jotting all the points down. It is much easier and will also remind you time and again about what you have promised yourself for the year. This will keep you working harder to achieve your goals.

Post these around: After you have written down your resolutions, put them around you. For instance, paste them on your fridge or your cupboard or at work. The more you get to see what you've written, the more focused you will be to achieving your goals. It will act like a constant visual to keep you concentrating on the goals you've set for yourself.

Tell others: When you share your resolutions with others, it keeps you motivated and also keeps you away from cheating. It will keep you determined and also you can tell these people about the progress that you have made on your resolutions every time you see them.

Pair up with a friend: Pairing up with a buddy will keep your resolutions going for a long time. Your friend will act as a built-in accountability partner and you won't feel like letting him or her down. For example, if your resolution is to lose weight, keep your friend informed so that time and again he or she can ask you how much you've lost and whether you've been exercising or not.

Keep yourself motivated: Relying on others is not the only way to stay inspired. Remind yourself each time that you cheat that you've made a promise to yourself. For example, if your resolution is to drink less this year, then stay away from going out every now and then to a party where you know that you may end up drinking more and this can affect your health.

Ok so after reading this are you ready to make a resolution/goal with me?  Here it goes ...

The #1 New Years Resolution for 2014 is to lose weight, #2 is getting organized and #3 is to spend less, save more. 

So yes my goal is to lose weight, which to be honest is probably my goal every year for the past 12 years but this time I have a plan!  My goal plan is to lose 5lbs a month, that's about 1-2lbs a week, very healthy and very achievable.  I will do this until I reach a weight I am comfortable at and then part 2 of that goal plan is to keep it off. 

How will I achieve my goal?  I will eat clean and exercise, mainly by doing crossfit and reintroducing running into my routine.  Also I find instagram a great motivational tool.  Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service.  What I do on my instagram account is follow healthy hashtags like #eatclean #crossfit #paleo #running #weightloss

To keep track of my goal I will only think about it a month at a time.  Did I lose 5lbs this month?  Taking it day by day, one month at a time!  And once I am at a comfortable weight the goal continues because at the end of each month I will have to make sure I have kept that weight off. 

Ok here it goes ... this is me putting out there into the Universe.  I am following my own advice by: Writing it down, Post it, Tell  others, Pair up with a friend, Keep myself motivated.

Wanna join me?  Email me and let me know if you are, we can do it together!!  Let's do this!!

Email me at: aiwashita@k-litefm.com or let me know here on my blog. 

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