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The New Year Resolutions: Things never work out the why you planned, so how do you cope with change?

It is that time of year, new year resolutions are being made, the new you is envisioned in your head, but how is the best way to change? Is it little steps or plunge in at the deep end? How do you cope with making changes? Or is the new year just too much pressure to make the changes and best to wait until another time?

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2 Responses to “The New Year Resolutions: Things never work out the why you planned, so how do you cope with change?”

  1. Steven Adler said :

    This is why I stopped making resolutions in 2005. It’s to much stress trying to get something done when you have no idea what’s waiting for you in the next 12 months. I suggest people just make a to-do list and have it framed and on a wall so they don’t forget it

  2. Rose Mary said :

    I have had a lot of experience with making and meeting goals. Here is what I do, I type up each of my goals in excel. I leave about 3 cells next to each goal where I can type in my progress. I can’t lie to myself. And this holds me accountable to check my progress each week or month. So, list each goal going down the side on your spreadsheet. Then leave room for progress notes. You MUST have your list out daily. Then, make your to do list based on anything you need to do on your goal list. Each night, you need to plan your day or if you prefer in the morning. Write out all of the things you want to accomplish each day. Don’t over do it or you’ll get burned out. I usually accomplish 3 things each day, more if you can. That could be an important phone call, typing up resume, going to apply somewhere etc….you get the idea. Those little steps add up to meeting the goal. And MOST DEFINITELY take things a step at a time. I used this system to go back to college. And, I don’t think I could have done it if I had felt overwhelmed by just how many classes I needed to take. I didn’t focus on that. I took things a step at a time, going to community college, applying to the university. Getting accepted, register for classes. Do well in my 5 classes, register for the next semester etc…. I also kept a seperate goal sheet to keep track of my met goals – I called this accomplishments. I left unmet goals in white and shaded met goals in blue. It was so cool to move from all white to all blue over a period of 3 years. So, TAKE IT SLOW. Don’t worry about how quickly you get there. But, I do recommend check points so that you can see your progress. For example, my next goal is to get in shape. And, I won’t even weigh myself or look in the mirror until MAY 2011. I just do my daily exercises and forget about it. But in May, that is when I had better see progress. And, if I am doing the things I need to do daily – by May – I’ll see the progress. That will motivate me to do more and to keep going. Try it. Write down your goals and resolutions. View them DAILY. Make a daily to do list based on goals. Check your progress either monthly or an end progress date. As long as you are doing things daily, goals WILL be met. AND, if you slip up a day or two – no big deal because your progress check date is what is important – not daily progress – end progress!


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