How to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions!

Now that we are well into the New Year, you’ve probably made – or are thinking of making – some resolutions. But, can you keep them and stick to the plan? Whether you’ve decided to quit smoking, lose weight, get fit or just stop drinking alcohol for a month, there are some great things you can do to make the most of your New Year’s resolution.

How to stick to your New Years Resolutions

Why are you making this resolution?

The first thing that needs to happen is to be clear in you mind about why you are adopting this new behavior? This should be at the root of any decision you make, and will help you greatly in sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Some questions to ask when figuring this out are: What will be the benefits of taking on this New Year’s resolution? Is it healthier lungs? A slimmer, healthier body? Increased confidence?

Some people steer away from New Year’s Resolutions because they think they are too hard to keep. But, by keeping a few essential things in mind, and using some effective tools, you’ll find yourself breezing your way to achieving some great results.

How are you going to make it happen?

Focus on how you are going to look, feel and be better having made your New Year’s resolution, and having stuck to it – no matter what! It’s also important to be regularly inspired by your New Year’s resolution decision. It helps to be proud, excited, and focused on the positive outcome that lies ahead.

Visualize the benefits

Visualizing how you will look better, or feel healthier, is also a great way to make sticking to your New Year’s resolution easier. For example, if you want to loose weight:

Imagine yourself in the summer – looking slim, attractive and fabulous – walking on a beach, or out for a ‘night on the town’. Feel how healthy you are as a result. Then, think about how you are looking and feeling better than you have in years. Know that you made all of this happen and that you alone can take the credit for making that change! Now realize that the decision you made when you gave up smoking, or overeating, has changed your relationship with yourself. Now, you take care of the body that you live in, instead of neglecting it and treating it badly.

It’s all about commitment

It’s no surprise that commitment is King when it comes to sticking to your New Year’s resolution. You can decide to change yourself ‘for the better’ in January, but it’s only real if you commit to it 100%. It’s not negotiable. You need to be completely focused and determined on achieving your goal, and your vision of who you really want to be!

It’s the little steps that count

That’s not to say that you can’t be flexible or adaptive. If something isn’t working, then figure out another way to achieve results. And remember, worrying obsessively over something won’t help either. For instance, if you’re struggling with your decision to give loved ones more time, or to be more patient with others, remember that you’re only human. Most things aren’t worth losing your mind over!

Sometimes getting just one more hour of sleep, for two or three times a week, can have a massive change on your outlook of life. Or, if you gave up drinking alcohol on the 1st of January, it only takes a few replacements with soft drinks, – juice or pure water is even better – to begin to feel the benefits.

Oh, the temptations!

And, yes, of course, there will be temptations – at social gatherings, parties, even just when hanging out with your friends. There will be temptations to eat the wrong things, to pick up a cigarette, or even to have a few “innocent” sips of beer. You’ll be persuaded to give in for all the wrong reasons – feeling bored, annoyed, frustrated, or even excited. You may even think it’s no big deal, considering you’ve done it so much before. This is natural. No one is perfect. So expect these temptations, but instead of giving in to them, imagine being strong in your commitment not to relent!

Make a list

One of the best tips I can give is to make a small list on a piece of paper and keep it by your bed – or somewhere you see it regularly. List all of your reasons for why you are adopting this new behavior. List all the positive benefits. If there’s a picture or pictures that inspire you, cut them out or copy them, then put it next to your list (you can even make a beautiful collage if you feel like it!). Read this list, and look at the pictures regularly.

When the going gets tough…

Most people need extra support, or even a coach, or therapist to help them to stay on their journey. I highly recommend that you download my completely FREE hypnotic NLP audio program called ‘New You 2015’ which you can find on my website

But if your goal is to successfully quit smoking, lose weight, healthy eating, better sleep, or just to be your very best, I have a number of Award-winning advanced hypnotherapy NLP Apps and downloads that may be very useful to help you truly succeed! Read the reviews – they have already helped thousands of people make positive changes around the world.


Feeling particularly un-inspired this January? Here are some ideas for New Year’s resolutions that you can tackle:

Achieve your peak fitness

Be more patient with people (friends, family, co-workers),

Be less grumpy, or irritable

Be more motivated and positive

Think better of other people

Give up gossiping about other people’s business (let’s face it, no one really likes a gossip)


Inner qualities you will need to achieve success

These are your inner qualities that you should try to embody when tackling your New Year’s resolution: Courage, Resilience, Mental Strength, Positivity, Belief, Flexibility, Relentless Commitment, Motivation, Responsibility, Persistence, Patience, Determination, Perspective, and the keys of Absolute Certainty and Intention. And above all else ‘stick’ to your New Year’s Resolution no matter what! It’s not negotiable!


Good luck!


13 Keys to Boost your Quit Smoking Success


Ok: So here are my extra special tips to help you commit to being a non-smoker.  To make sure that in the first few days ( or weeks, or months) you manage to stay stopped – having gone through all the hard work of quitting smoking – detoxifying from nicotine is essential.  It only takes three days to do this, allowing your body to get used to the absence of nicotine that is, as well as all the other poisons involved, including hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, arsenic, and many other carcinogens hidden within the smoke inside the brown tar.

Obviously it goes without saying, that if you are to get off nicotine, continuing to take nicotine products – such as e-cigs, nicotine gums and nicotine sprays – only prolongs the uneasy feelings of slow withdrawal. I compare this with taking off plaster from your skin slowly compared to the quick ‘rip and off’. This allows a less painful and quick way to adapt to the absence of nicotine. Ironically, although it’s hard to see it clearly when you’re in the middle of it, Nicotine is actually the main cause of feeling uneasy. This is due to the fact that it speeds up your heart rate, causing mild feelings of agitation, which paradoxically only seem to go away by having another temporary fix of nicotine.  In fact,this is not too dissimilar to the feeling of having slightly too much caffeine.

So here the 13 keys to boost your quit smoking success!

  1. Commit to quit. Having made this life-saving decision there is no going back no matter what.
  2. Get your teeth professionally cleaned as soon as possible.
  3. Get your clothes dry-cleaned
  4. Spring clean your house
  5. Clean the car so it doesn’t smell of smoke
  6. Eat glucose tablets to combat cravings
  7. Clean your teeth straight after a meal
  8. Get down to the gym or take brisk walks. A new study has shown that people who exercise are 55 per cent more likely to quit—and 43 per cent less likely to relapse into smoking, too.
  9. Avoid smokers and smoky environments for a while and hang out with ‘non-smokers’.
  10. Assert your right not to smoke and not to breath other people’s smoke.
  11. Develop a new hobby or interest to increase the quality of your life.
  12. Remove yourself from stressful situations if possible.
  13. Let friends and family know when you have become a ‘non-smoker’.

To boost your chances of quit success download the Award winning App that the actor Ewan McGregor used to successfully quit! Buy the ‘Quit Smoking Now with Max Kirsten’ for the iPhone and iPad App,  or buy the ‘Quit Smoking Now with Max Kirsten’ MP3 Download Program for any device or player.

Good luck!
Never take another puff again in 2015!

Top 10 Essential Tips to Quit Smoking


I wanted to kick off the New Year with a series of posts geared toward New Year’s resolution success.  Some of you will be tackling smoking addictions, setting weight loss targets, or simply aiming to be that better version of “You”.

Whatever goal you’ve set for yourself, it’s important to realise that you’re never alone and that support is only a click or a phone call away.

Every few days I’ll release a special post covering a specific challenge – offering exclusive tips on how to approach it, and, above all, how to be successful with it.

So let’s start with one that’s particularly difficult for many people around this time of year.

Here are my Top 10 Essential Tips to quit smoking successfully for New Year! 

Preparation is ‘Key!’

Before we get into these, it is important to remember that preparation is ‘key’ to conquering any New Year’s Resolution.  Many people simply jump in the deep end, hoping the shock of completely going ‘cold turkey’ will spur them forward. This is particularly true for smokers so be careful of this! By taking a more conscience and well thought-through approach to your New Year’s resolution, you are more likely to be successful.

Get Ready to Quit

  1. Plan and set your ‘Quit Smoking’ Date – and then stick to it no matter what. This will be the date you have chosen to save your health, your lungs and your life. Remember it each year. Each year this date will get more valuable to you.
  1. Try switching to another brand for 7-days before your actual quit date. This will make smoking less enjoyable, and much easier to want to quit.
  1. List all your reasons for quitting: Health fears, aging skin, more time with loved ones, life goals, etc. Make a list of these and keep it to re-read often after you quit.
  1. Do this one at least a few days before quitting. Before each single puff on each cigarette, I want you to take a small ‘sip’ of pure water. Then notice how it changes the experience, and taste. Pure water before the poisonous smoke.
  1.  Focus on all the positive benefits of quitting smoking. Becoming a NEW ‘non-Smoker’ means improving your health.  As a result, you’ll have better skin, healthier lungs, more energy, better sleep, fresher breath…the list goes on!  In fact, you can make a list of these benefits and keep it handy.
  1.  Research the facts about smoking.  Find out what’s really hidden in a cigarette, all the cancer causing chemicals in the tar, the 4 poisons, etc.  Most importantly: Smoke while you are reading about it what’s in them!
  1. Drop all your smoked cigarettes into a jar filled with fresh water, and slowly watch it become more and more disgusting.  Do this each day for 7-days before your quit date. Smell it every so often. Yuk!
  1. Work out how much money you will save in a year and what you could do with all this extra cash. Holidays, that new laptop or tablet you want so badly, a new wardrobe… the possibilities are endless.

Get Set to Quit

  1. Throw away all tobacco related products ready to quit. Keep nothing in your home. Don’t even keep e-cigs or nicotine gums or sprays! Make your home into the new home of a ‘non-smoker.’ That is, Nicotine FREE!
  2. Tell everyone that you are quitting, and then that you have quit! Ask friends and family to respect and support you as much as possible.

Quit Now… GO!

To boost your chances of quit success download the Award winning App that the actor Ewan McGregor used to successfully quit! ‘Quit Smoking Now with Max Kirsten’ for the iPhone and iPad App,  or buy the ‘Quit Smoking Now with Max Kirsten’ MP3 Download Program for any device or player.

Good luck!


Never take another puff again!

Max Kirsten – Creator of the Award-winning Quit Smoking Now Program