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If you are going to make a new year’s resolution or two, now is the time to start thinking about what you want to start, do better or continue doing next year. Some of the most common personal resolutions are to exercise more, lose weight, get organized, spend more time with family or learn a new skill/hobby. After holiday feasting and partying exercising and losing weight top a lot of peoples’ lists. Can you relate to these personal development resolutions?

I found it interesting that work and career aspirations didn’t crack the top ten. Here are some ideas to consider: increase professional development, improve work relationships, enhance productivity, and/or seek leadership opportunities.

Whether personal or professional the keys to keeping resolutions is having a plan and sticking to it. According to November 13, 2021, survey, the 2020 New Year’s Resolution success rate for all types of resolutions is as follows: after 1 week 75% of respondents were still working on their resolutions, after 2 weeks, 71%; after 1 month, 64%, after 6 months, 46%, in the end only 27% kept them            

A new year can offer you a chance to reflect on the past then choose how to shape the future you desire. If satisfied with the way things are going, resolve to keep doing what works. If looking to make major changes, visualize what accomplishing them will feel like.

The secret to keeping resolutions is more than wanting to. One way to do this is to share your resolution with others. Take it a step further and enlist the help of an accountability partner. When you keep resolutions to yourself no one is going to check up on you. Even if you have self-discipline, having an accountability partner can help you when the going gets tough.

Write the resolution and specific action steps in the present tense and read aloud every day. Desmond Tutu once said that “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” In other words, when a project seems overwhelming it can be accomplished gradually by taking on just a little at a time. Make it fun, reward yourself when stepping stones become milestones. I wish you a resolution success. Happy New Year!

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