New Year’s resolutions are famously short lived, lasting only a few days or a few weeks. Rather than totally give up on resolutions, use smart strategies to build your confidence. The beginning of a new year just feels like the right time to make changes and start going in the right direction.
I’ll post one important strategy each day over the first 5 days of 2012 to help you be successful with your resolutions and build your self-confidence. Come back tomorrow for the third strategy.
2. Do you mean it? You gotta mean what you say, if you want to have self-confidence. Think about it before the words come out of your mouth.
When you decide to make a resolution, think about what you are promising yourself.
- If you can only manage 5 minutes of exercise, do 5 minutes.
- If you are going to cut back on your food to reach a better weight, think about how you are going to do what you say.
- If you want to improve your education, figure out exactly how, when and where you are going doing that.
This is the commitment muscle of New Year resolutions. Doing what you say you will do builds the strength of commitment. Monitor your words carefully and don’t say it, unless you really intend to do it.
Building your strength of commitment builds your self-confidence. Commitments can be revised, if necessary, but be conscious of what you are promising.
If you can’t keep you word to yourself, how will others trust you to keep you word? Remember that the word confidence comes from the Latin word meaning “to trust fully”.
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Lynn Kennedy Baxter, BSN, MA