Gary Ryan Blair: Every time you state a resolution, it needs to be specific, measurable, and time-bound. What that means is it's not enough to say that this year you resolve you're going to lose weight, or stop smoking, or make more money and pay-off debt. As specific target, your mind operates best with precise instructions, so state it clearly. Second, measurable, you need to be able to make sure that you know on a day-to-day or a week-to-week basis if you are advancing forward, so you got to have some type of measurement accountability system built into it. And third, most important, you need a deadline, and what the deadline does is it forces you to perform and really get busy to take action and that's really what you need to do.
Once you've made a resolution, you really have to focus on what are the disciplines in order to keep it. You've got to continually repeat to yourself what it is again and again, and again. Then, reinforcement; what you will find throughout every given day, you have an opportunity to reinforce your commitment to the original resolution, so reinforcement. The third component in this whole process is renewal. Renewal is taking time to relax, get more energy. So there has to be an equal distribution of energy expenditure, and energy renewal. You've got to identify what you want, you've got to go after it with complete confidence and gusto, and you also have to give yourself an opportunity with which to recharge and re-energize.
What happens is that people make resolutions and they don't take them seriously, and then they end up quitting on them usually within a couple of days, sometimes even the same evening when they've actually made them. The problem with that is quitting, making excuses or coming up with some type of a convenient alibi is not a really good way with which to start off on a fresh sleeve, and that's really what New Year's Resolution is all about.