A New Year Resolution with Accountability? Oh, Behave!

A New Year Resolution with Accountability? Oh, Behave! December 20, 2015


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My New Year Resolutions is not to take too big a bite out of life to chew. What is yours? Have you made one, yet? May I help? 

By focusing on a New Year resolution that is realistic you have a better chance for success.  Success reduces stress. Choose to set yourself up for success rather than failure in the New Year.

            Break your resolutions down into workable parts.

According to statistics and research like Web MD, one of the most frequently implemented New Year’s Resolution deals with food.  Diet and weight are an important part of our physical and mental health. When our favorite jeans fit, we are happy. We vow to eat less sugar, less fat, and less salt. We promise ourselves we’ll eat more veggies, whole grains, and fish and cut down on burgers and second helpings. Resolving to make that skinny dream a reality is great.

            Vows are a great first step. Now how do you put those vows into a resolution that is successful?

Start by taking small bites, no pun intended.

Rather than saying you are going to lose a large amount of weight by this time next year, break your resolve down into workable parts. Choose a realistic amount of weight loss, or gain, that you will chart weekly. Now you are working with yourself rather than against yourself by implementing a realistic and achievable goal that embraces evaluation and accountability.

            Evaluation and accountability are very important in the success of a New Year Resolution.

Often the most difficult parts of a Resolution is stating it in a way that is precise, measurable and can focus on success. This is called a behavioral objective which is a defined description of an expected experience.

            Make your New Year Resolution behave.

Behavioral objectives that are people oriented place the emphasis upon what the person is expected to do within a designated time period with testable measurements for evaluation, and accountability for optimum success.

            The key to solving the accountability and evaluation issues is to develop a clear, concise objective.
Below is an example of a very simple precise and measurable New Year resolution that focuses on weight loss. The behavioral objective below has five parts; 1.) The defined time and weight, 2.) What amount of weight that will be lost, 3.) How it will be measured, 4.) How the weight loss will be obtained, 5.) The end result and time.

Starting today, November 20th, 2015, over the next 12 months, I will lose 30 pounds of weight. My weight loss will be measured weekly on every  Monday using a scale and will display a 1/2 pound loss which will create  a 2 1/2 pound loss per month for 12 months, resulting in a total 30 pound loss by November 2016.  This weight loss will be charted and achieved by reducing the consumption of deserts and alcohol to only one serving per weekend and increasing twice the current amount of leafy greens consumed during at least one meal per day.

            This Behavioral Objective Pattern is for any changes you want in your life. 

Although it is taken from the one above that focuses on weight, health and wellness, tweak it to meet your needs, time period, and objectives. Fill in the blanks so it becomes your successful Behavioral Objective New Year Resolution.
As seen today (date)_________by this time next year, (date)___________, I (your name)_________ will have (state your desired behavior)  _________________.  This behavior will be measured (how often) _____________by (device)____________, and will display (desired results)_____________ which will create (amount)_________ per (time period)__________. This will be charted by ______________ and success will be seen as (state new behavior)____________________________________.

            Set up your chart for accountability and evaluation. 
Now you are working with yourself for success.   Use your dreams as a GPS to keep you on the right road.
If you miss a self-evaluation measurement see if you are reminded of it in a dream. Your dream may be validation that your inner-guidance is now part of your success team.
Turn your stress into a game. See how often you hit your mark on your daily or weekly objective.

             Reward yourself with a pat on the back when you fill in your chart.

           Now, you have bragging rights. Share your New Year Resolution Behavioral Objectives with your friends. Perhaps they would like to join you in this healthy game.

            It is human to be stressed. Suffering through it alone is a choice.

Be kind to your self. Make resolutions you can keep.  And, enjoy your New Year.

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By: Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos, TV/Radio Show Host/Producer, International Bestselling award winning author of Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing. Kat taught special education and psychology for ten years. She frequently taught and created Behavioral Objectives on Individual Educational Plans for students. Kat believes dreams can diagnose our life. Learn more @ Access Your Inner Guide

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