2010 Resolutions- Achieve Your Goals

How to Keep that New Year’s Resolution

The first day of the new year is a great day to reflect on the past year. It’s also a day when many people make resolutions for the year.

I don’t make New Year resolutions, because I don’t believe in waiting until a New Year to make change in my life or set goals for myself.

However, if you are one of the many who has made a “New Year’s resolution” please keep these things in mind.

Every year at the beginning of the New Year people make resolutions they never keep. They set large goals for themselves that they don’t achieve, because they give up.

Example: Quitting smoking is a large large goal one that you may find it hard to reach. Cutting down on the number of cigarettes you smoke is a small goal. When people set large goals for themselves they often find it difficult to follow through.

In September 2008, I returned to school to complete my grade 12. My ultimate goal was to obtain my diploma. The small goal I set for myself was to complete one course. I’ve completed two.

When I returned to school I didn’t set a date on when I wanted to graduate. Instead I took out a subject and worked away at it. I still haven’t obtained my diploma, but I’m much closer to the ultimate goal then I was. I also took the step that I had put off for many years, because of a fear of failure.

Every small step we take, every task we complete brings us closer to our ultimate goal. One feels a sense of accomplishment when they meet that smaller goal. Award your-self when you complete those small tasks. By recognizing our progress it helps us stay motivated to reach the ultimate goal.

Don’t set your sights too high and risk the disappointment of another year passed where your goals were not met. Start with something small and take baby steps until you reach something bigger.

What change in your life will you make today?

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