. . . Year after year, well intentioned individuals, in the heat of the moment, make New Year's resolutions believing, at the time, they will carry them out.
Unfortunately, in less than a month's time the majority have abandoned these good intentions and revert back to whatever self-defeating behavior they were determined to change.
The reason this happens, according to self-help authority Jim Donovan, an author and personal coach, is that their resolutions have no legs. There's nothing to support them.
"If all you do," advises Donovan, " is say, 'I'm going to stop smoking,' your unconscious mind says, 'sure, we've heard that before,' as it reverts back to the old behavior even before the champagne looses it's fizz.
Donovan's quick start formula for achieving any goal is:
1. Decide what you want. Do you want to stop smoking, start your own business, be healthier, or find the ideal relationship? (it's a good idea to have goals in several areas of your life).
3. Make a list of why you want these goals. List all the benefits you will gain from achieving them.
4. Invest five or ten minutes each day seeing yourself as having already achieved your goals. In your imagination, experience what it's like to have them. Then, let go and trust that it is already in the process of occurring.
5. Take action. Ask, "What could I do next to move me toward my desires?" Listen for inspiration and then act on it.
Donovan offers additional articles, a newsletter and a free motivational audio at his web site, www.JimDonovan.com