Resolve to be BETTER

The beginning of a new year is a fresh start and a great time to think about what you want to accomplish in your personal and professional life in 2012. The most common New Year’s resolutions include to: lose weight, exercise more, eat better, stop smoking, spend more time with family and friends, volunteer and save money.  Certainly, the most rewarding and helpful of all of those resolutions could be VOLUNTEERING… but I’m sure you guessed that would be my favorite 🙂

The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that people make them and don’t keep them.  For some reason, a brand new year coming is like when you’re in a life or death situation and you promise your ‘higher power” that you’ll be nicer, better, more giving if ONLY he’ll spare you…    So we’re looking at a NEW year – a clean slate, we like to think.  We scrambled to make promises that we’ll be better in the new year but as soon as the new year comes and seems to proceed just like the OLD year, we drop those promises like a hot potato.

Try making meaningful personal goals this year and really STICK to them.  Here are some tips that may help you.  Move to quiet area away from family and friends.  Think about what’s working in your life and what changes you would like for yourself and start jotting them down.  Try to think of all aspects of what makes you happy and fulfilled.  What do you have to contribute?  When you’ve exhausted all ideas, look at the list and prioritize what’s most important, ranking your ideas from high to low. Take the top five ideas and expand upon them.   Say your goal is to volunteer to help the homeless.  What will you do exactly?  Work in a soup kitchen?  Hand out blankets on the street?  Give money to the local shelter?  How much time?  How much money?

There are a variety of published statistics on the percentage of the population who takes the time to set and achieve goals. Although the stats vary, it’s estimated that less than 10% of the population takes the time to formally define their goals. When you compare people who set goals versus those who did not, no surprise, the individuals who defined their goals were much more likely to achieve their goals. For 2012, you can be part of the 10% of achievers!

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