This Year, Resolve to Keep your Resolutions

By Carolyn Schweitzer

The beginning of a new year is always exciting. It brings the promise of change and growth and provides a perfect opportunity to set new goals for yourself. New Year’s resolutions are a way for us to reflect on our selves, our lives, and our past experiences, and determine new ways to fulfill our future aspirations. They can help us to transform our lives for the better, but when we don’t live up to our expectations, our unfulfilled resolutions can also leave us feeling discouraged.

Whether you’re struggling to stick to your resolutions or you’ve already thrown in the towel, don’t despair! There are definitely ways to set New Year’s resolutions that will enable you to reach your dreams by following a few easy steps.

1. Reflect on your goals. What are your dreams, your aspirations? Where do you see yourself in five or ten years from now? Don’t hold back, allow yourself to set big goals, even if they seem impossible.

2. Make a new year’s journal. Write about your life in 2011. What were your favorite memories? What were you most proud of? Who/what helped you to reach your goals and what held you back?

3. Set a small goal for yourself. What is the next level of your ultimate dream? Choose something possible, but not probable. Your resolution should be a challenge, after all—

confronting a challenge is how you’ll grow! There is no way, however, to accomplish everything you want in a year!

4. Lastly, reflect on how your dreams will affect you, your loved ones, and the causes you care about. This is what will keep you motivated when the going gets tough.

See, keeping a New Year’s resolution is definitely possible and can be a great step in achieving your dreams while building self-confidence! Always keep your ultimate goal in mind and encourage yourself along the way. Write an encouraging sticky note on your desktop or on your mirror. Surround yourself with people, pictures, and quotations that inspire you! Happy resolving!

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