A New Year, A New You

It’s a New Year now, and of course everyone is promising changes and new actions, participating in the annual quintessential rite of the New Year; hoping for better things. Many of us pledge New Year resolutions only to not see them realized by year’s end. How then can we make good on our resolutions for the coming year and experience positive change in our lives? Here are three simple things to keep in mind to ensure that this year differs from last year.

1) Set Goals: If you fail to plan you plan to fail. It takes 21 days to make a good habit or break a bad one. Designate a period of time create new practices and habits. What will you do in those 21 days? Be specific about concrete actions you can take to achieve your goals

2) Take Action: If we seek positive changes we must take steps to make them happen. Wishing and resolving isn’t enough or even setting goals aren’t enough. Whether it’s going to the gym, saving financially or pursuing your education, establish a routine of activity that will accomplish your goals.

3) Be Persistent: On New Year’s Day energy and focus for your new goals run high in the euphoria of expectations for the New Year. Will you be persistent enough to stick to your goals and activities after the initial excitement of the New Year has worn off? That’s where many resolutions are lost. Make sure you are persistent in both planning your work and working your plan.

With preparation and hard work we all can take some positive steps to make our goals and dreams come true in 2012.

Have blessed and progress-filled New Year.

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