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Students: Make 2012 Your Year

The whole month of January is a month filled with hope and ambition for the New Year. Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions and the gyms are usually packed and the produce at the grocery store flies off the shelf. Having a fresh start is great in theory but usually by February the gyms are clear and the healthy foods are overstocked. Somehow we lose our motivation and the goals we set disappear. Here are a few tips that will help you stay on track and meet your 2012 goals.

Be Realistic

C’mon. Do you really think you’re going to post a blog every single day? For those who can blog everyday, they are already doing it. For those who want to blog every day but do not, it’s unrealistic to set this high of a goal. Aim for a couple of times a week until it becomes routine. Once this becomes a reoccurring habit, add on. Remember, if you start small and reach your goals you’ll be encouraged. If you aim to high and fail to reach your goals you’ll be discouraged. You can always set the bar higher after you have accomplished your initial goal.

Make a Routine

Be strict on yourself and stick to your new routine for a month straight. Set weekly or daily goals to keep track and reward yourself when you meet the goals. Soon it will become more of a routine and you won’t have to try as hard to stick with it. Also, if you slip up and miss a goal, don’t wait until the next week to start over. Get back on track the next day and make up whatever goal you skipped.

Write Everything Down

Writing down your goals is powerful motivation. Think about what you want to accomplish and write down a reasonable timeline. Also, write down why you want to meet the goals you have set and what was your motivation for setting the goals in the first place. Let’s say one of your goals is to get into graduate school this year. Write down why you want to go, what would be achieved if you went, and what are the steps that you need to take to reach your goal. Studying for the GMAT could be one step that demands weekly attention and can be hard to find motivation for. If you are able to look back and read why graduate school is so important, you can find inspiration and motivation. Also, hang up your goals somewhere you will see them daily like on the refrigerator or bedroom door.

Find Support

If you have a support group, your goals will be met easier. Open your mind to all possibilities and do not be afraid to try something new if it will help you reach your goals. For example, if one of your goals is to learn how to sew, find a sewing group in your city. If you have a group of people cheering you on you will be more willing to get out there and give it all you’ve got!

The New Year is a good way to have a fresh start. You can change your life in many ways and meet goals you set with hard work and dedication. Remember to think mind of matter and take each day by day. Keep a positive attitude, write down your ambitious and lean on your support group. You will be amazed at what you’re capable of accomplishing if you don’t let yourself stand in your own way.

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