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It's the season. Do you have New Year's Resolutions? This post explains more productive ways to start the New Year. Here are a couple of other ways to make changes this year.
New year's resolutions are popular in the western world, but they are also practiced in the East.
Instead of resolutions, we can think of building new habits into our lifestyle as something we want to accomplish, but behaviors are hard to change. You really have to be persistent and have a plan. I kept one last year, which I will not mention, but I was quite stubborn about it and a lot of people didn't like it.
The Toronto Sun reports that only 8% of people keep their New Year's resolutions. Those aren't very promising numbers, are they? Most people don't stick to them after about 3 months because the goals they set are too big.
What can you do instead? Try writing a series of short term goals that will lead to the big goal that you want. Write them down where you can see them everyday. Some experts advocate writing them in a journal each day, but that's way too much work for most of us. I write mine down in a a weekly agenda calendar at the start of each new month.
Goals form a road map to success. You wouldn't drive your car in any direction, would you? If you don't set goals then your might end up someplace you don't want to be. We all know that feeling.
For goals to be effective, it's better for them to be visual. Setting negative goals can't really be visualized, like stopping smoking.
What did you accomplish this year? Small goals are stepping stones to attaining larger ones. Set incremental goals, and keep track of the results...in writing. Most of the time your accomplishments are invisible to others, so you can't depend on their support. They might even Tease you, or tell you that you can't.
Personally, I don't listen to people who use the word can't in their speech.
Try setting weekly goals, or monthly goals, but whatever you do make sure to write them down. Goals in writing are more likely achieved. I was in a program called Humans Being More. They had everybody make a collage of their life long dreams. Some people miniaturized the collage to include as their wallpaper on their computer!
My story included building a business. I was told to get into the habit of doing at least one thing everyday toward accomplishing that goal. I have, but it seems like I didn't accomplish much in some ways because the changes were small and invisible to others. I didn't suddenly become a celebrity or become rich over night. I need to constantly remind myself of the small achievements and the things I've learned that will help me be successful in my business.
If you set smaller goals first it won't seem like such a big change. If you journal you can keep track of these changes. Believe me, others will notice them eventually.
Goal setting will lead to more permanent changes in your life. Most important, don't be too hard on yourself!
Happy New Year!
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