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Give New Life to Old New Year’s Resolution

Runner’s WatchOkay, we’re 43 days into the year, and it’s time to check in on you. How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions? Many of you choose to bypass the annual ritual, but I’m sure some of you set your goals before the new year started. So, are you keeping those resolutions or have some dropped from your list?

The problem with most new year’s resolutions is that we set the goal too far in the future, or we try to make an abrupt 180° change of an old habit. Change is best achieved the same way we walk through a dark room, one small step at a time. We set a small goal and move in that direction. If we run into problems, we can readjust; keeping our mind on where we want to be when finished.

So, if you’ve given up on a new year’s resolution, I want to propose something. Instead of quiting, pick a easier goal with a shorter target date. For example, trying to quit smoking? How about just smoking two less cigarettes a day? Not sure how many you smoke? Then your first goal could be to simply record how much you smoke each day for two weeks. Oh, and don’t be surprised if you smoke a little less simply because you are keeping track.

The idea works with almost any goal. Start with a small step and set a goal of only a couple weeks. Then, when successful, set a new goal, maybe increasing your effort this time. If you are not successful, examine what went wrong and readjust your goal. Don’t get caught up in the “success or fail” attitude. It’s a “success or adjust” attitude that wins in the long run.

Now it’s your turn. Did you set new year’s goals, and how are you doing with them?

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