New Year’s Resolutions

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 Once again, it’s the time of the year when people make New Year’s resolutions, typically promising to eat better, shed weight, reduce debt or generally improve their lives. I’ve often suggested that this practice is counter-productive. Since most people who make resolutions end up making the same ones year after year, this cycle of making and breaking resolutions undermines their ability to keep promises to themselves. In the past, I’ve given specific tips on making …
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Resolutions

I fear that many a man’s good resolutions only need the ordinary fire of daily life to make them melt away. Charles Spurgeon 1834 – 1892 Once again, it’s the time of year when a large percentage of people make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, only a small percent of resolutions are actually kept. In my opinion, it’s better not to make resolutions if you belong to the ranks of those who simply can’t keep them. It’s too easy to develop a mindset of failure. If we consistently make and then break resolutions, we learn and accept that we don’t keep …
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Make New Year’s resolutions you can keep (Part 2)

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 In my last lesson, I outlined the five elements necessary to achieve real, sustainable change with your New Year’s resolutions. The resolutions must be your own — what you truly desire to change The benefits of change must outweigh the cost You must believe you’re capable of change You need to optimize your environment for change The change needs to become a ritual or habit I also elaborated on the first two items, which are key in choosing resolutions you …
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