Making New Years Resolutions That Stick

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New Years Resolutions.  Here we go again.  By the end of 2014, did you even remember what yours was and if so, what were the results?

Be honest.

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Why are new years resolutions so difficult to keep? Typically its something we dread, some vague statement about some behavior or action that we want to alter.  And as we all know, time goes by and the gyms become less crowded, the “busy” part of our lives take over, and the idea and hope we had to change fades into the background and another year goes by.

I do something a little different.

The most common resolutions are “exercise more”, “quit smoking”, “eat healthy”., yada yada.

Those are pretty vague and easy to forget about.  Here’s a couple tips on how I designed my goal setting for the new year.  You may like it, you may not, but find something that works and delve into it!

PART 1 – ATTITUDE

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  • (advice) Your attitude is a choice.  Decide the kind of person you want to be and with no excuses, make it happen.  Re-evaluate yourself every year and see if you are where you want to be.  If not, change something.
  • (examples) How are the following:  Work attitude?  Home life?  Relationships, friends, family?  Self talk?
  • (personal) Be nice. Be positive.  Everyone’s dealing with something and you never know where you can make an impact.  I love the quote

“You are lamplighters.  They’ll know where you’ve been by the lights you have lit along the way”

There is too much darkness in this world.  Spread your light.  Smile for real.  Look people in the eye.  Remember their names.  Say thank you.  Compliment a stranger.  Make your own good days. 

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PART 2 – SKILL

  • (advice) Resolutions shouldn’t be about deprivation. Instead incorporate some activity or hobby with additive value in your life.
  • (examples) Learn a foreign language.  Pick up a hobby, craft, or sport.  Join a club.  Go on adventures.  Grow.
  • (personal) Golf!  There are family, friends, and business partners that play and I’d like to be an asset on the course instead of the one holding up the game.  (Play through, they say…)

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PART 3 – GOAL SETTING

  • FINANCIAL – Savings plan, budget goals, long term planning for known and unknown expenses
  • SPIRITUAL – Volunteer, attend religious or spiritual gatherings, meditate
  • PERSONAL – Be a better listener, stick to committments, and be 100% responsible for my relationhips

Are your goals written down?  Are they acheivable?  Have you shared them with others?

Don’t just stagnate and kill time.  Live life, grow, and experience the world the way you were meant. Learn, listen, and love.

The world will be better because of you… you just have to understand that you count.  And then believe it 🙂

Happy 2015!  We will revisit goal setting later on.  Please share, comment, and tell me what you are aiming for in the upcoming year 🙂

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