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“Make sure your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable (so if your goal is to lose weight, keep a food diary), Attainable, Relevant and Time-Specific—as in saying, ‘I will reach this goal in the next year.’”
— John C. Norcross, psychologist Author, Changeology
“Aim for saving a percentage of your income rather than a certain amount, and set up an automatic transfer to your savings account. Start a money-saving club—meet once a month to discuss milestones or setbacks. Having a group to hold you accountable can be very powerful.” —Valorie Burton, life coach Author, Your 5-Minute Personal Coach
Get over yourself
“Try to identify what’s holding you back, and then take action— even if it’s small. Be willing to look silly. When you try anything new, you’re going to look foolish. Get over it and do it anyway!” —Julie Hanks, family therapist, Wasatch Family Therapy
“To reach your dream weight, and keep it there, you have to make permanent changes to your lifestyle. Start by setting a goal of losing 10 percent of the total amount you want to lose. Once you reach that goal, add another five to 10 percent, so that you’re losing weight in increments. Be patient—you didn’t gain all of that weight in six months, so you probably won’t lose it all in six months.” —Dr. James O. Hill, anti-obesity expert, University of Colorado
Get more energy
“Setting a goal of 45 minutes to an hour of exercise most days a week can help with all-day energy. Always have protein and fiber with meals and snacks to keep you fuller longer and energy levels stable. Try to eat every three hours, and don’t eat at all after dinner. There’s no reason to fuel up to go to bed.” —Julie Upton, registered dietitian Co-author, Energy to Burn
“If someone has upset you so much that you’re still stewing years later, you have to get a better perspective. The first step is acknowledging that misunderstandings occur, and that it’s normal for people to sometimes look out for their own best interests. The next step is to ask yourself how important is it to hold onto this pain. Write down all of your thoughts and feelings, and in doing so you may actually experience forgiveness.” —Alice D. Domar, psychologist Author, Be Happy Without Being Perfect
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