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New Year’s Resolution Time!

Common resolutions: lose weight, quit smoking, find a new job, get out of debt

How did you do on last years resolution? Did you accomplish it or give up on it? Did it change your life for the better or did it frustrate you to no end?

New Years Resolutions are really just an item that you would find on a “Life To-Do List (LTDL – yes I just made that up)”. In fact you may have all of the items that I listed above on yours. An LTDL is different from a “Bucket List”. A bucket list usually contains items that you will never do, but its nice to dream about. Where the LTDL is a list of things that you should do to make your life better. Here is a good example: Laura at smashyourtelevision.com

So how do you put the odds in your favor so that you actually accomplish your resolution? Here is my check list:

  1. Consult your LTDL (or make a list). Look for an item that you want to do. Now if everyone in the world tells you that you should quit smoking, but you don’t want to. Your not likely to succeed. Find something else to do on your list.
  2. Research your decision. Know how to succeed! You have a whole year to complete it. It’s better to be well informed about the subject matter. Example: If you want to lose weight get a good book that teaches you how. Tom Venuto or Timothy Ferriss both have good ones. Or if you have the funds for a personal trainer, its worth it for a few months until you are comfortable doing it on your own.
  3. Set attainable goals. But only one at a time. Start with a 30 day goal. This allows you to see what you are able to accomplish in a set time line. It also forces you to think short term and you are less likely to quit early in the year. Then set a new goal quickly that is a little bit harder than the first. Push yourself.
  4. Share your resolution with someone who will hold you accountable. I suggest someone who doesn’t nag you. A spouse or a family member is not always the best choice. Make them aware of your set goals and get together with them regularly (preferably face to face) to talk about progress. This allows someone to assist in your progress if you are struggling or praise you if you are doing well. If you want to take it one step further, blog about it. Let the world know how you are doing.
  5. Avoid social activities that make your success harder. Don’t avoid friends. Just ask them to help you and not tempt you.
  6. If needed, set aside time to work towards your goals. This allows family and friends to plan around your schedule instead of fitting in time for yourself.
  7. Put things on hold in your life so that you can succeed at your resolution. If 10-20% of your income goes to your church and you can barely pay your bills. You will never pay off your debt. Start making big payments to your credit cards instead. God will understand the importance.
  8. Don’t work too hard on your resolution. What I mean is, don’t burn out in your effort. Slow and steady is more effective than putting 120% of your energy into it and quitting.
  9. Celebrate when you accomplish your final goals. Nothing big, just be sure to thank the people who helped you succeed.
  10. Lastly, be there for other people when they try to accomplish the same thing that you did. Nothing helps more than a friend who has gone through the same things in the past and shares lessons learned.

I hope something on my list will be helpful to you.

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  • S. Johanna December 28, 2010, 10:07 pm

    I’ve been working on clearing my debt for a year now. Paid off my 1st credit card in 2010, the 2nd one is slated for 2011, and the 3rd in 2012. It’s a long road…

    • Marc Morgan December 30, 2010, 12:26 am

      Credit cards are the hardest. I cut mine 10 years ago and have never looked back. It took me years to pay off them and only a few hours to max them out. Good luck!

  • Marnie December 29, 2010, 10:35 pm

    I’m not a big new year’s resolution fan because they rarely ever come into fruition. I have to admit though you bring up some great points that could actually change my mind!

    This week before the new year I like to reflect on the past year while at the same time let myself be inspired with new ideas for the upcoming year. Sort of like making resolutions?

    • Marc Morgan December 30, 2010, 12:24 am

      Marnie I know what you mean. Last year was full of change in my life. But I was able to make some major changes in my life for the better. I hope you find just the right resolution to get you started in the new year.

      I stopped by your blog and subscribed. Best of luck to you!

  • Laura M. January 19, 2011, 5:24 pm

    I appreciate the link love! Thank you! 🙂

    Honestly, I feel like that once you have a goal in mind, you should just go ahead and get started on accomplishing that goal. Why wait? I like your idea of starting out with a 30 day goal. Most people are overwhelmed because they set large goals to last throughout a year rather than breaking it down in to smaller, manageable goals.

    • Marc Morgan January 20, 2011, 8:06 am

      Your welcome Laura. I enjoy reading your blog!

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