It is the first week of the New Year and you have promised yourself that your resolution for 2011 is going to stick, unlike the ones in previous years. So what is so different about this year’s? How are you going to make it last? It is going to take a lot of commitment and energy but if you are up for the challenge it will be a very rewarding 2011!

1. Start out by re-evaluating your life.

What areas need to see change? Pinpoint the things that are important to you. A great way to do this is to take some time to really meditate and focus on these things. Write them down so that they are right there in front of you. Once you have done this, you can see more clearly what kind of resolution needs to be made.

2. Decide what your resolution is and start by breaking it down.

How can you get there? What are the steps to achieving success? Be very specific and realistic when choosing your resolution. Even making a plan can be useful. Lay out the steps on a sheet of paper and keep it visible at all times. Climbing the mountain may not seem so overwhelming if you climb it little by little.

3. Constantly update the list.

The more current you keep it the less likely it is to become outdated and boring to you. Keep track of your improvement and note when you get closer to your end results. It is wonderful to take the time to reward yourself when you start to see results. By keeping your resolution fun -it will be easier to stick to.

If you back track a little bit, don’t be hard on yourself. Keep your chin up and think positive thoughts. Even though this seems hard at times, it will ultimately pull you through to the other side. By sitting down with a friend or family member and talking about your resolutions, you will be held more accountable. It is also great to have another cheerleader, because we all know the little cheerleader inside doesn’t always have enough pep.

If you don’t accomplish it the first time, try it again.

It is absolutely fine to start over and repeat a resolution. When you do finally accomplish it – your success will feel that much better.

So right now, make a list of where you want to be in one year. Be specific and don’t be shy! You know what you want and where you want to be, so why not get it out in the open. There is no one but you who can make this happen. Get to it – your success is waiting for you in this new and fresh year! Best of luck!