New Year’s Resolutions … Have you made yours yet?

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HOWDY  – I’m filling in for Stacey Kayne today. Hope you all don’t mind!

At the end of the year, millions of people across the world make resolutions for the upcoming year so I thought it’d be fun to take a look at New Year’s Resolutions.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about New Year’s Resolutions: 

A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advant

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.

That being said, I found some sound advice for keeping your resolutions.  See if they work for you.

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.    

Here’s the Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions? How many are on your list?

2443938661.jpg   Find a Better Job

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Quit Smoking

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  Find My Soul Mate

 

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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

Get Organized

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! 

                                                                                                                                                              

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Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling Author of 35 novels, writing both western and contemporary romance. She's a lover of all things romantic, especially her bold, rugged, heartstopping "real good men" heroes! She's the recepient of the National Readers' Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award and the Cataromance Reviwer's Choice Award. When not writing, she spends time with her "hero" husband, enjoying Pacific Beaches and drinking iced mocha cappucinos!

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22 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions … Have you made yours yet?”

  1. Hello Charlene! I havne’t made resolutions in years. I used to sit down and write all of mine on paper to make it feel like it was “set in stone.” LOL If I could see my goals on paper, I felt more apt to keep them.

    Now last year, I made a few with myself.

    1) Come up with more novel ideas, which I did. Check!
    2) Write at least 2-3 more first drafts- I have written one and I’m almost done with the second. Check!
    3) Do some major editing/revision on my other two finished novels- Check!
    4) Join RWA and KYRW- that was my Christmas present this year. Check!

    This year my goals are to write more, do more editing, get them polished and sent off with high hopes, get exercise and try my best not to bawl like a baby when my daughter gets on the school bus the first time (or the first week or so) LOL.

  2. Mary,
    That’s one of the first ones that comes to my mind. Losing weight and getting in shape. I guess that’s why all the WW, JennyCraig’s etc, make their best money right after the new year. That, and summer time, when we need to buy bathing suits and shorts!

  3. Hi Taryn
    Wow, you’ve really accomplished a lot in the year. Congratulations!! Every one you’ve accomplished will help you achieve your dream of being published. RWA is a great organization. You’ve got next year’s goals set already – my motto is to send your work out and not wait for editorial input, but to keep working and writing and coming up with new ideas.

    I hear you about seeing your daughter getting on the school bus. I felt that way every year, even when mine were in high school and college. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your resolutions. I think you’re doing great! Good luck with your writing!

  4. Hi Charlene, I dearly need to get in better shape and, as always, work on my organizational skills. Well, not that I have any. And of course, keep on getting proposals out there!

  5. Charlene, Thank you so much for taking my place today! What a fun post 🙂

    In the midst of recovering from surgery, 2008 is definitely going to be a heath-focused year for me. For five years I was single-minded focused and driven on one main goal–I kept telling myself, “I’ll get healthy AFTER I get published.” Finally, I’m published! *g* And my body is so ready to be whipped into shape 😉

    I’m a non dieter–I believe in lifestyle changes. My youngest is the health-nut in our family and has taken over our shopping list and has started up a bowflex schedule…with Ethan as my drill seargent, our family will be flexing in a new year 🙂

    My personal resolution is to find BALANCE. I’m such a manic, last-minute person. If it weren’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t exhist 🙂 I’ve been blessed with very breathable deadlines, and I hope to find a functionalble method to balance family, writing and all the other stuff, without having those manic, panic ONE-DAY-TO-DEADLINE! weeks *ggg*

    Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and joyful 2008!!!

    Stacey

  6. Hi Charlene!

    Great post, Charlene! Like you, I need to get out of debt and try to stay on budget. Like you, I need to continue to exercise — I already workout 6 days a week.

    But one thing that I do need to resolve to do it how to post a picture and get the text to scroll around the picture like you do. I haven’t figured that one out yet.

    The other resolution I share with you is getting deadlines done ahead of time — otherwise, you are right — life gets…well, it gets interesting, doesn’t it?

    Have a super holiday, Charlene, and thanks for taking Stacey’s spot today!

    Love,
    Kay

  7. Charlene, I’ve been thinking about resoutions for days but have decided there’s no use vowing to do something when I know I’ll break them as soon as the new wears off. I definitely need to exercise more without a doubt. And I know I need to stay more committed to my writing. All I’m going to do is say I’ll try – each and every day. But I’m not going to make a useless resolution. Just no use, seeing as how weak and ineffective I can be. lol I’ve grown accustomed to being lazy and I figure it’s a wasted effort to try to teach an old dog new tricks. 🙂

    Good subject that’s not for the faint of heart. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. Hi Linda,
    I’m a goal-setter, so I do mental resolutions every day without even realizing it!! Vowing to be more committed to writing is a good thing, even if it’s not an official resolution! It’s hard around the holidays, since there’s so much going on. I just took a blog break, to visit my neighbors, drop off their little packages and have coffee with them. So, no real writing today for me. But I love to spend time blogging with all of you! Writing is so lonely unless you stay connected!!

  9. Hi Karen,
    Small wonder that you work out 6 days a week, you look great! I love exercising on my threadmill, it’s finding the time. I think you’ve conquered that if you do it 6x a week. Any special hints on how you fit it all in?
    And wrapping text isn’t hard, but we’ll talk privately about that over email or on the phone. I promise to show you how in January!
    Happy Holidays to you too!

  10. I try to set one goal. This year its to become more focused. I waste so much time just bouncing off the walls–if I could just concentrate on the task at hand it would make such a difference, especially in my writing. Have signed up for yoga classes hoping that will help, but I’m betting it’s largely a matter of will power. ‘Scuse me now, gotta pry my cat off the keyboard. Happy holidays, all.

  11. I’m not one to really make a resolution. But my goals this year are to get back to better eating habits, keep an even balance between writing and working, and write the pivotal novel.

    Good luck to everyone who makes resolutions!

    I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. My dh will be home the next four days which means I’ll have little time to be on the computer.

  12. Paty,
    Thanks for stopping by today. It’s a busy time of year! I hope you write that pivotal novel in 2008!
    Enjoy your time with you dh! Try to stop by tomorrow for some fun, if you get a minute!
    Merry Christmas!

  13. I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions it sounds like a set up for failure, however saying that what i would like to strive for this New Year is to excersize at least 3 days a week cut back to half of what i smaoke then stop completely by the end of Jan. Talk nicer to my husband when he’s being a know it all and self centered spend more one on one time with my girls spend more time visiting my mother’s house and caring about myself more (that will be a switch)

  14. Hi, Charlene! I don’t do resolutions, but I set goals each year, and one of those is always a writing improvement goal. Last year I worked on transistions and timelines, and this year I will concentrate on building conflict into my stories.

    I am also going to do a re-do of my website, which is long overdue, but there – I’ve said it – now I have to do it.

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