Thinking of making a New Year’s resolution? How do you know if you are ready?

By Mary Roncarelli Founder of OneBowl

With a new year starting, many people are thinking about making changes in their lives. New Year’s Eve is traditionally the time when people make goals that involve life changes—life changes like improving their finances, finding a new career, becoming more organized, getting healthy and losing weight.

Remember though, when that clock strikes midnight on December 31 and you are making your commitment to change, you need a plan. If you don’t plan for making change including finding a process that works for you in the short and long term, you could find yourself back where you started in no time.

Making change usually happens in a few steps—the first step is to make sure you’re ready. If you’re not ready for change, change won’t happen.

Three signs to look out for when thinking about whether you are ready to make a change:

1) The consequences of the behavior you want to change become so uncomfortable you can’t stand it anymore.

2) You no longer recognize the person you are becoming.

3) You are tired of how you are feeling but don’t know how to stop feeling that way.

If this sounds familiar, you’re ready to take the first step towards making positive change. The second step is to find a program that offers structure, support, accountability, education and one that focuses on changing the thoughts and beliefs that fuel the behavior you want to change.

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