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New Year’s Resolutions: Can you keep them?

Date: December 28, 2012

 New Year’s Resolutions

It is that time of year again, a time when unrealistic goals are set and often forgotten about one month into the new year.  What is the value in setting a New Year’s resolution you know you won’t be able to keep?  There is none. That is why when I read Diane Henderik’s article on how to set goals you can keep, I had to share.

At the top of almost everyone’s list is living a healthier lifestyle.  Diane suggests that simply eating healthier and working out more is not specific enough and will soon be forgotten.  A commitment to a lifestyle is necessary in order to stick with any significant changes you wish to make in your life.

Diane reminds you not to be discouraged when you fall short of meeting your goals.   Consider setting goals for a lifestyle change, andunderstand that significant change doesn’t happen overnight.  It is OK if you have a setback; just get back on track as soon as possible.  She also says, “accept the fact that there are no quick fixes.”  Again, any significant change will not be an overnight transformation.

Another popular New Year’s resolution is to start fresh and get organized for a new year and a new you.  This, however, is similar to the healthy lifestyle kick. If you are not an organized person, it does not help to organize your desk at work only to destroy it in an hour or two.  Set a small goal of leaving work every day with a clean desk, and soon it will become habit.  Resolutions are a mindset.  Commit to a change and a change will happen.

Keeping New Year’s resolutions is not always easy. Otherwise, we would not start over every year, often with the same goals as the year before.  Hopefully, some of these tips will help you change your mindset and consider that significant change takes time.  Set small goals along the way and be encouraged when you see improvements.

What are your resolutions for this New Year?  How do you plan to maintain the goals you set in January throughout the year?  What are some of your tips?

Happy New Year!