Courage Igene is a dedicated leader in his church and community.
He is dedicated to helping others achieve their goals and find their passions.
Lose weight. Quit Smoking. Go to the gym. Learn a new language. Spend less money.
These are just some resolutions people make when New Years comes around. It’s one thing to say it, but another to do it. Speaking with his friends and community, Courage Igene notices that nearly half of people break their resolutions within the first week and only 1% actually uphold their resolution through the year. The next question Courage Igene asks himself is how to help individuals keep their resolutions. There are ways to do it with strategic planning and proper goal setting.
To start, Courage Igene suggests writing down a realistic number of resolutions you know you can handle. Don’t put down 5 resolutions because it could be too much to handle at once. Write at the most 3. Make them something that you will and need to do, not that you should do. You cannot commit half way. You have to go all out and really want it. Don’t get general with your resolution, instead be specific. If you are going to lose weight, write a target. 10 pounds? 20 pounds? Write down that specific target and plan it out.
Courage Igene has found that it can also be beneficial to tell someone – best friend, partner, and parent – about what you plan to do so they can hold you accountable for your actions. You want to quit smoking? Make sure that guardian of your resolution keeps an eye out on your craving for the nicotine fix that could bring you back in. The same goes with getting deserts and fast foods and alcohol. Get on a diet and stick with it.
A way to keep track on your resolutions can come from your phone using free phone apps. To get in shape, Runkeeper and Workout Trainer can track your workouts and give guide on staying in shape. To eat well, Fooducate counts your calories and Yummly gives customized recipes to cook at home based on your likes. Besides money and health, there is also the plan of learning a new language, which can help in terms of jobs and careers. Whether it is Spanish, French, Italian, or Japanese, learning a new language couldn’t be easier with an app thanks to Duolingo and Memrise. Or, if you want to expand your mind by reading more books, Amazon’s Kindle is very useful.
They are ways to keep your resolutions intact as the year goes on with the help of other people, technology, and advanced planning. Even if you fall off the wagon – and most people do – get right back on it. It is not destroyed if you break the promise for one day because there’s a special occasion to eat out or splurge on something that you really want. Courage Igene encourages you to hold on to your resolutions and grow more successful and happier each year.
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