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Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year’s Resolutions

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The arrival of the New Year reminds us that we have a clean slate to start all over again or to keep working on our goals from the previous year. So many people focus on great goals like losing weight, living healthier, and finding ways to be happier. Each New Year is a fresh page for us to decorate with new financial aspirations, a goal to kick some bad habits, or even resolutions to improve various aspects of our lives.

What Is a Resolution?

Oxford Dictionaries cites the definition of resolution as “A firm decision to do or not to do something.” Your New Year’s resolution could be a decision to stop doing a habit you've been doing for a while, or a decision to proactively make choices to live healthier. You might also choose to make your life “greener” and friendlier for the environment.

Resolutions are important because they allow us to stretch ourselves toward a target goal that helps to improve our lives in some way. If you begin to wonder what is goal planning, or how is it going to help me, you just need to have a little faith in yourself and your abilities. First, choose a SMART goal. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. These goals are especially effective in allowing you to reach real results.

Welcoming a New Year: Resolutions Galore

The start of the New Year is the perfect time to come up with a resolution all your own. WebMd lists twenty resolutions for better overall health, consider one or more of them to help you live a happier, healthier, and more productive life:

Health Resolutions
· Try to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.
· Stay on top of your doctor’s visits and health concerns.

Resolutions for Happiness

· Spend more time with family and friends.
· Reduce clutter in your home.

Financial Resolutions
· Make a plan to pay bills on time.
· Start a college fund for your children.
· Make a budget your family can follow.

For more ways you can improve your life in the New Year, check out USA.gov’s Popular New Year’s Resolution Ideas.

A Fresh New Year: Day to Day Goal Planning and Tracking

To set yourself up for the best chances of success, consider day to day goal planning and goal tracking. Make yourself accountable for both the results you want to achieve and those you actually do achieve. Take the time to measure, record, and think about your daily results in working toward your long-term goals.

The International Business Times recommends choosing just one resolution to start your New Year off right. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with trying to change all aspects of your life at once. Pick one. Then, once you achieve that one, move on. Bonus time!

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Keep track of your New Year goal or resolution.
You might also find greater success if you share your resolutions with those you know, or at least if you write them down somewhere for your own personal benefit. You can even plan out specific, smaller activities to help get you to your goal. For example, let’s say you would like to lose 10 pounds. First think about all the healthy ways you can lose weight, such as eating better and exercising. Now, set aside a half hour to an hour a few times a week to exercise, even if it's a family walk after dinner. Give yourself reachable goals at first so that you can achieve them. One reason that people give up on resolutions is that the overall goal is too hard to reach. It's OK to downsize your goals to make them achievable. You can always raise the goal as you progress.

Remember, if you can dream it, you can achieve it. Believe in yourself and your goals. So kick those bad habits, take steps toward financial improvements, if not financial independence, live a healthier lifestyle, and improve relationships with those around you. Welcome the New Year, wish and dream about your greatest goals, and get started on a path toward success and happiness.

Here’s to hoping all your New Year wishes come true!

P.S. – If you find yourself now wondering, when is Chinese New Year, it begins Sunday, February 10. Anyone up for another resolution?

Kathryn M. D’Imperio
Contributing Writer