At the beginning of a new year, it is a very common tradition to make resolutions about how you would like to improve yourself. Using positive affirmations, you can accomplish any resolution that you would like to make. By definition, resolutions made at the beginning of the year are things that you want to do to make your life better, or to change. Commonly, these resolutions last for maybe a week. The reason for this is that people, in general, do not truly believe that they can change these things. That is why it is important to ring in the New Year with both resolutions and positive affirmations.

One of the most common resolutions that people make is to quit smoking. If you smoke, you may realize that quitting is very hard. You can help your chances of successfully quitting by using positive affirmations. When you are ready to start reciting your affirmations, visualize yourself without a cigarette. Tell yourself that you don’t need to smoke. To reinforce your statements, visualize yourself in a situation where you would normally smoke. Then take that cigarette out of the picture. Imagine yourself enjoying the same situation without the need to smoke. Some good suggestions to get you started on your positive affirmations include saying “I am happy as a non-smoker” and “I am above the temptation of smoking”. These tips combined will go a long way toward helping you achieve your goals of not smoking.

Another resolution that positive affirmations can help with is getting into physical shape. Many people decide that the New Year is a great time to start getting that clean physique they had when they were younger, or they want to just feel better about themselves physically. This could mean going on a diet or even starting to go to gym on a more regular basis. You can help yourself with this goal by repeating to yourself such statements as “I have a good physique and am happy with my body” or “I am more physically fit than I have been in years”. While using these statements, visualize what you want your end goal to be. In other words, picture exactly what you will look like when you reach your current goal. Are you going to be rippling with muscles, or are you going to just lose some weight? Picturing exactly what you want to look like will help reinforce your positive affirmations, which will in turn help you achieve your goals.

Financial independence is another resolution people make that positive affirmations can help with. Coming up with statements that illustrate what you want to achieve will help strengthen your willpower, improving your chances of success. Imagine what life would be like if you had enough money to do what you want, when you want to. What would you be wearing, who would be around you, and what kinds of things would you smell in the air at the time? Make all of this into a complete picture while repeating your positive affirmations such as “I am financially secure” or “I have financial freedom”. This will ensure that you can reach your goals.

A new year often brings about new changes. These can often be lofty goals that you can only achieve with the help of positive affirmations. The best thing to remember is that it is a great plan to use the saying “a new year equals a new you” but it is important to use every tool in your toolbox. Using positive affirmations can help you be all you want in 2012.

Author's Bio: 

Richard is a Master Practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Hypnosis, and Neurological Re-patterning™. He is also the co-founder of New You Life Coaching.
Because his interests stem from philosophy, spirituality, psychology, and leadership, Rich's coaching style incorporates a rare and ingenious approach to understanding and empowering you in an insanely effective manner.
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