The Secret to Keeping New Years Resolutions 2

If you read yesterday's blog, hopefully you have been beginning to think about what you want to see happen in the coming new year. Today we're going to talk about how to start formulating those goals to stay realistic and keep them within reach. 2. Imagine how you would look and feel if you obtained your goals.

I imagined what I would feel like physically and emotionally if I lost 10 pounds.  How would I feel with a more developed spiritual life? Who do I want to draw closer to and what would it be like to have them closer to me?

3. Decide what you need to do specifically to make your life changes.

Be specific with your goals and break them into smaller goals.  If one relationship I want to develop is with my Grandmother, what do I need to do in order to develop this further? I need to talk and visit with her more often.  So I set a small goal that I will call her twice a month and go see her once a month.  Or if I want to get closer to my husband, I will plan a date night once a month and schedule to have lunch with him once a week.  If you break it into smaller, specific pieces you’ll have more of a chance for success than if your goal is broad and unattainable.

Hopefully this helps you visualize your resolutions in a more concrete way. Thank you for reading & please check back in to read 2 more days of secrets to keeping resolutions!

Written by: Tamara Wilhelm MA, LMHC

*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling  at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.