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New Years Resolutions

Along with the New Year comes the time to make new plans and resolutions

For many people, the beginning of the new year is a time to make resolutions, set new goals, and then begin the task of working towards accomplishing the things that they feel are important in their lives. It is a time for kicking bad habits, making changes where changes are needed, and looking for ways to make personal and professional improvements.

They can make a big difference in the way you live from day to day, the way you feel about yourself, the way you see the world, and how you interact with others.

Some people are steadfast in their belief that making resolutions is imperative to their own personal and professional growth. They resolve to make positive changes to their lifestyles, behaviors, and habits that will make their lives better in the future.

Resolutions can be big or small depending on an individuals' desires. Like any goal, a resolution should not be made so easy to reach that it doesn't take any effort or so difficult that the goal can't be reached at all.

To make your New Years resolutions work, be sensible about them.

(1) First of all, write them down. Your resolutions should be kept close at hand where you can read them periodically, maybe daily if necessary.

(2) Make resolutions that really matter. Don't resolve to do things that are not important or don't really make a difference to you. They will become a distraction to your real goals.

(3) Be specific. Say what you mean and don't make your goals a revolving account that changes if or whenever you feel frustrated with them.

(4) Make your resolutions realistic. Don't resolve to make a million dollars this year if your job is paying $20.00 an hour and you don't have another source of income.

(5) Make your goals attainable. If you have a big goal, it may not be a good idea to try to accomplish it all at once. Break it down. If you want to lose 20 pounds, make it a goal to lose the weight in 5 pound increments over certain periods of time.

(6) Make resolutions based on your own needs and not on what others think or want. Remember, other people have their own agendas. They can make you think that their goals are the same as yours but that may not be the case.

(7) Don't make too many resolutions. Scale down your list deleting the least important ones. You can get so bogged down with resolutions that you become overwhelmed and in the end, accomplish nothing.

Some of the most popular resolutions:

  • Lose some weight
  • Get more exercise
  • Eat healthier
  • Get out of debt
  • Save more money
  • Quit smoking
  • Stop drinking
  • Go back to school
  • Spend quality time with family
  • Get a better job
  • Take a long vacation
  • Get organized
  • Make new friends

Making resolutions can be fun and an exciting way to start the new year. but many people take them seriously. By making resolutions at the beginning of the year, you can look back as time progresses and gauge how successful you are meeting your goals.

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