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Tips for Successful New Year’s Resolutions

According to an Open Al language model trained by Open Al below are some examples and tips for making your new year’s resolutions successful.
  1. Set specific, achievable goals: Rather than resolving to “lose weight” or “get in shape,” set specific goals such as “lose 10 pounds”. This will make it easier to measure your progress and stay motivated.
  2. Make a plan: Decide how you will achieve your goals and break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, if your goal is to exercise more, plan out specific days and times when you will work out, and choose activities that you enjoy.
  3. Track your progress: Keep a record of your progress, whether it’s by keeping a journal or using a fitness tracker app. This will help you stay on track and be motivated.
  4. Seek support: share your goals with friends and family. Having someone to hold you accountable and provide encouragement can make a big difference in your success.
  5. Be flexible: Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have setbacks or slip-ups. Instead, use them as opportunities to learn and adjust your plans.
Let’s say your new year’s resolution is to strengthen your marriage. This may mean having regular date nights, communicating better and increasing intimacy. In order to achieve this goal, you will need to be specific.
  1. We will plan to have at least one date night per month.
  2. We will set aside dedicated time every evening and do a devotional together even if it is only 15 minutes.
  3. I will be more affectionate to my spouse by sitting closer to my spouse and reaching for his or her hand.
  4. I will give my spouse a backrub one time a week to increase closeness.
  5. I will find one way to be more loving to my spouse each day. This may be sending a loving text, writing a note, giving a gift, or words of affirmation.
Remember to set specific achievable goals that focus on improving your overall connection in the relationship.
Perhaps your new year’s resolution is to increase your family bondedness.
  1. Create a weekly family night tradition such as a game night, movie night or an outdoor outing.
  2. Spend at least 15 minutes per day with each family member.
  3. Have a family meeting one time per week to discuss positive and negative issues.
  4. Have each family member pick a different person each week to show appreciation for something that person did that week.
  5. Create fun memories
Remember these should be things that work for you. In order to increase your motivation to continue with your goal find the “why” behind your goals and focus on the benefits and positive outcome you will achieve if you stick with it. Try to make it enjoyable and set small achievable goals. When you make progress even if it is small give yourself a pat on the back.
If you need help, we are here to give you the support and encouragement you may need. Having someone to hold you accountable can make a difference in your success.

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