Sticking to your resolutions: Paul McKenna's top 3 tips

Hypnotherapist and self-improvement writer Paul McKenna is celebrating the release of his latest book, The 3 Things That Will Change Your Destiny Today. Here, he offers Mumsnetters three fool-proof tips for sticking to New Year's resolutions...

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1. You need to know what it is that you want.

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Far too many people tell me what they don't want – to be overweight, or anxious. Always state your goals in the positive: 'I want to lose weight', 'I want to be more confident' and so on.


2. It really helps to write your goals down and imagine them vividly.

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Imagine what it will be like when you achieve them. Do this as vividly as you can. The research about this is irrefutable; the clearer you are about your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them. In fact, it has been proven that if you are absolutely clear, you are three times more likely to achieve them than people who are vague. As repetition is the mother of success, regularly visualize what it is you want to happen. See what you will see, hear what you will hear and feel what you will feel as vividly as you can. 


3. It's also important to visualize the steps that get you to your place of achievement.


By thinking about this you're building a roadmap in your mind that will lead you to know how you're going to get to the place that you want. Consider what might get in your way – and how you're going to overcome any challenges you face on the way to achieving your goals. That way you'll be much more prepared to get what you want and more resilient in the face of any adversity.


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