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keeping, or improving, your new year's resolutions {guest post}

January 10, 2013
Bailey is a college senior at Murray State University, blogging her way to graduation in May 2014 on http://baileys-college-life.blogspot.com. She actually enjoys going to class as well as screaming her lungs out at basketball and football games. Learn more about her chaotic, yet amazing, life at: baileys-college-life.blogspot.com, Tweet her at @BaileyKay92, or email her at BaileyKay92@gmail.com.

I have a secret to admit: I used to dread a new year. For me, it was always a time to create an impossible list of standards to live by in the upcoming year; standards that I would inevitably fail at within a few shorts weeks, which of course would make me feel like a failure. At which point, I would officially give up on my resolutions for the rest of the year. That is, until a friend shared with me three little tips; tips that were so important I've decided to share them with you.

DON’T FEEL GUILTY It’s so easy to beat yourself up after you break a resolution; instead just adapt the “Scarlett O'Hara” mindset— “after all, tomorrow is another day.” Everyone makes mistakes. You slipped up once, but tomorrow is a clean slate. So take advantage of it and do your best to stick to your resolution! 
HAVE WILLPOWER Remember the Little Engine That Could? The entire time he’s struggling to get up the hill, he tells himself “I think I can, I think I can” and when he finally succeeds, he tells himself, “I thought I could, I thought I could.”  Tell yourself, “I know I can, I know I can.” Having faith in yourself is crucial to achieving your goal; if you don’t believe in yourself, then why would you waste your time attempting to do something that you think you’ll fail at?
SHARE YOUR GOAL WITH OTHERS Here’s an example: My New Year’s Resolution is to go to the gym twice a week. I've shared my goal with two friends: one who has agreed to ask me every week how my workouts are going, and the other who has agreed to occasionally go to the gym with me. Both of these ladies are helping to keep me on track! You don’t have to share your goal with a friend in hopes that she’ll join you; simply telling her (or him) can be enough. After all, you don’t want to tell your friend something that isn't true, right? Other people who are often great support are often family members, spouses, or even complete strangers! I've found that through blogging, people that I don’t even know are very helpful in keeping me on track with my goals. I will be hosting a “New Year’s Resolution” linkup on the second Friday of every month, so bloggers can update everyone on their goals and give each other much-needed words of encouragement.
I’m happy to report that I was able to achieve my New Year’s Resolution for 2012 due, in part, to the tips that I shared with you. I hope that you are able to achieve your goals and resolutions for this year. Thank you, Chelsea, for allowing me to share my New Year’s Resolution tips with your readers. Good luck everyone, and happy New Year!

Thanks, Bailey! I feel much more confident about 2013 now. 

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