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The Key to Achieving New Year Resolutions
by Nancy Ann
Here we go again. A new year and many of us are armed with resolutions and good intentions. If you achieved at least one of your new year resolutions for 2019, way to go! That is self-discipline working for you.
Self-discipline is the key to achieving any goal that you set. It doesn’t have to start on the 1st of any given year, either. You can resolve to set and reach for any goal that you wish to accomplish at any time of any day of any year. Without self-discipline, however, you are likely to fail. It is not an app that you can download onto your phone nor a program that you can download into your computer. It is one of the most precious gifts that you can give to yourself and once you have mastered it, reaching any goal is much more likely.
Everybody has a different level of self-discipline and with a little effort and determination, you can increase yours. The beauty of it is that you can do this all by yourself. And it’s free! If self-discipline or self-control isn’t one of your strongest assets, don’t worry. And don’t give up before you start. Instead, start small.
Let’s take a look at the very popular resolution of losing weight and/or getting into shape. If this has been a repeating resolution of yours which you have yet to achieve, change how you are approaching it. Start small by disciplining yourself. Hold yourself accountable, too. A simple, and beneficial, thing to start with is to resolve to drink adequate water per day. Make this a resolution. When you get up for the day, before you check your phone, before you take your shower, and before you drink your coffee, drink a full glass of water. Then you can text, shower, and caffeinate. Throughout the day, set up times when you are to have your next glass of water–say, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and one last one before you go to bed.
Not only are you providing your body with the hydration that it needs, you will likely eat less and drink less sugary drinks. It is something that takes less than a minute to do and at the same time you are disciplining yourself. Soon this daily discipline will become routine. It works the other way, too. Instead of waking up and having a morning donut or toast with jam, eliminate or replace that food with an apple, orange, or banana.
Exercise your discipline daily, and soon it becomes routine. Once it becomes routine-maintain that routine, and discipline yourself to do something else–a daily walk, perhaps. Even if it is for only five minutes, that is much better than not walking at all.
Exercising and mastering your self-discipline will give you strength, freedom, and control of your own destiny. Nobody but yourself can do that for you.
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