This Year Can Be Different
December 30, 2010
Every year about this time, people make resolutions for the New Year. If you’re like most people, by February your goal is waning. And by May, you may not even remember what your resolution was.
Well, this year can be different. The article, "Happy New Year! 8 Ways to Make Your Resolutions a Reality" (General OneFile database, Success Magazine, January 2011), lists guidelines that can help you accomplish your goals. They suggest that you pick two or three strategies from the list below:
- Write it down – Writing down your goals forces you to get clear about what you want.
- Find a replacement – One way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a good one.
- Tell someone – Talk about your goal even if it seems huge and impossible. This allows others to encourage you and support you.
- Take baby steps every day - Small steps will encourage you to move forward in the right direction.
- Take some BIG steps – Don’t take all year to do what you can accomplish in one day.
- Decide and act – Don’t let negative mental activity keep you from making decisions and taking action. Make a list of all the reasons why you can accomplish your goal. Refer to that list when indecision or inaction threatens to take control.
- Team Up – Have a “Success Buddy”. Meet regularly with each other.
- Celebrate your successes – Every time you reach a milestone, acknowledge your accomplishments in a special way.
What is important to you in this New Year? Is there something that you have always wanted to do? Now is the time to begin. It is possible to achieve greatness if you set your mind to it.
Happy New Year!