Here’s what Wikipedia says about New Year’s Resolutions:
ageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day and remain until the set goal has been achieved, although many resolutions go unachieved and are often broken fairly shortly after they are set.
The Five Stages That Lead to Successful Resolutions
Pre-contemplation: The desire to change is vague. This is a good time to seek information and ask some important questions such as, “What risks am I running by going along just as I have been?”
Contemplation: Weigh the benefits of change. This is a time to get specific, to monitor behavior. For example, keep a record of how much you eat, drink, spend, etc.
Preparation: Begin making small changes. For example, you might give up some TV time and redirect your energy. Now’s the time to tell family and friends that the leopard is about to change his spots. This is the time to make a firm commitment.
The Action: Banish and sacrifice vices while embracing and committing to new virtues. At this point, give yourself all the help and support you can by creating a sense of accountability to others. Encourage family and friends to prod, provoke and push you.
Maintenance: This is the challenging part. You’re finished with your old habit and into your new life. It is a lot easier to maintain your resolution than it is to regain it. Do your self a monumental favor and stay focused on WHY you set this resolution in the first place!
Those who stay the course and fulfill their resolutions share these characteristics:
1. They believe in their ability to change.
2. They did not indulge in self-blame or excuse making.
3. They avoid wishful thinking and concentrate on results.
4. They understand their motivators and reasons why the resolution is important.
Find My Soul Mate
Enjoy More Time with Family and Friends
Learn Something New
Volunteer to Help Others
Lose Weight and Get in Shape
Reduce Your Debt
Stick to a Budget
HERE’S MY LIST — IT’S SHORT BUT ALL THINGS I HOPE TO ACHIEVE THIS YEAR
Exercise More (I do really try)
Read More (My fondest wish -I miss reading)
Keep One Step Ahead of my Deadlines (Otherwise life gets crazy))
Spend More Time Away from the Computer (Which sort of opposes the above resolution)
SO WHAT ARE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS? WHICH ONES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU? I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
HAPPY TRAILS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY READING!