Do New Year Resolutions Work for You?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Many of you are nine to ten days into your New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe you call them expectations, longings, goals, a betterment program, life self-coaching, personal sabotage, or whatever January 1 of each New Year aspires.

Most of us fall within one of the following categories:

  • Doing ok.
  • Defeated.
  • Depressed.
  • Didn’t make any because it’s frustrating.
  • Discouraged.
  • Documented but not started.
  • Dog-tired of trying.
  • Don’t ask.

Instead of resigning ourselves to failure, why not choose one item to enhance our lives, and plan how to accomplish it. The New Year is a good time to make changes, provided we are optimistic and enthused about the process.

For those who are still hesitant to celebrate new beginnings and triumphs, can I make a few suggestions?

Here are four ways to make it happen.

  1. Write on a sheet of paper the one important change you feel would better your professional or personal life.
  2. Explore how you can manage the task effectively and efficiently.
  3. Keep the task in prominent view and record updates.
  4. Get back up when human error tries to stop progress.

Do I make New Year’s Resolutions? Nope. I plan the calendar with what worked or didn’t work the previous year. I accept challenges and consider how to turn them into victories. For certain we can always expect an adventure.

How are you successful in making changes in your personal and professional life?

DiAnn Mills



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