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Authentic Edge: Make realistic resolutions for 2012
It’s another year and people are listing things they want to change.
They want to volunteer more, spend time with family and friends, climb out of debt and the most popular - lose weight or eat healthier.
What if we didn’t make a list this year? Would we be less likely to accomplish those things?
Writing items down has proven to help retain information and keep us on track, but we break resolutions within the first 72 hours. Most individuals break their resolutions on New Year’s Day.
Their resolutions are too unrealistic and based off the influence of others.
When we make promises to ourselves, it’s important to be realistic about what we want to change. It’s not easy to completely turn around a habit that you have participated in for a long time.
The goal in making a New Year’s resolution should not be focused on immediate gratification.
Those resolutions are just not specific enough. Anyone can say they want to lose weight, but how much weight do you want to lose and why? It’s easy to say you want to stop smoking, but what are the alternatives a smoker can replace the habit with?
Finding alternatives for what we want to replace, is a way to be specific in our goals.
The most foolish resolution anyone can make is a resolution that was never theirs to begin with. Making resolutions based on what others think are resolutions that are bound to be broken.
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