imagesWe’re almost halfway through the first week of January, this month often symbolizes a fresh start for many.  Around this time people begin setting New Year’s resolutions to better themselves. They start saving money, dieting for summer bodies, and getting rid of no good friends that somehow made it through the entire previous year. If you log into any social media site early January you’re bound to see people declaring how much they plan on changing their lives and no longer involving themselves in destructive behavior they probably just committed less than 48 hours ago. It’s no secret that old habits sometimes die hard, so keep calm and develop a winners mindset.  With a winners mindset, you’re destined to succeed against all odds because winners never quit. If you set goals last year that were not reached, try again this year and stay positive about your journey.

Here are a few tips to help you master this year’s resolutions.

Be Real With Yourself 

If weight loss is your goal then commit to it. Download a fitness app to help you track your calorie intake, prep your meals, and move your tail-feather.  Weight loss may not be an easy task, especially if you been addicted to apple pie, ice cream, and fried chicken for the last 10 years of your life.  Like a dope-fiend kicking a habit, you’re bound to go through withdrawal, so stay strong.  Don’t take your butt to McDonald’s they ain’t got nothing for you there! Eat healthy, set the period of time it will take you to reach your goal, and stick to it. Be real with yourself about your habits. You make think that one snack you treat yourself to after a good workout isn’t doing you any harm,  but if the weight’s not coming off you may need to eliminate your treat for a better outcome. Discipline yourself until you see results and don’t stop there

Write Down Your Goals 

Mama Badu schooled us when she said, “Write Down what you want. Watch it happen. Spelling is a spell”. When you write down your goals opposed to just thinking of them you assist the universe in making your dream something tangible.  According to Dominican University’s psychology professor, Dr. Gail Mathew’s people who write down their goals are 42% more likely to accomplish their goals than those who do not write them down. So, if your goal is to save money, write down the amount you plan on saving along with a clear super specific explanation of what you will do with the money once you reach the goal.

Connect with A Group 

Find like-minded people to connect with that will help you achieve your goals. Who you choose to hang around can have a huge impact on your daily habits, so be sure your associates are encouraging your good habits and not the bad. Some may need to revert to step one Be Real With Yourself when picking their master group. In a perfect world, our closest friends or family may be the ones we wish to use as our support system and build with. But if you know your friends don’t have the same goals as you, or also suffer from severe procrastination step outside of your comfort zone and find new friends that will push you further than you ever imagined of going.

Have Faith 

Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”. How many of us can be blindfolded and asked to walk around without the fear of thinking something may go wrong? Truth is, most people like to be in control, so not being able to see the unseen can seem a scary. Fear just like faith is an emotion that can be worked on. Instead of feeding your fears honor the faith you have in yourself and watch that faith make those staircases appear for you. If for some reason the staircase doesn’t appear then simply have faith that you won’t die when you fall.

Don’t Stop

Although mentioned last, this is the most important step of them all.  When it come to your goals you should embrace Puffy’s, “Can’t stop, won’t stop” motto.  There will be times when you just don’t feel like doing work and times where you feel as though you’ve fallen off track and can’t get things right.  Don’t beat yourself up. Examine your situation, see where you slipped, get back up then “dust yourself off and try again” (Aaliyah’s voice).