New Year's resolutions run the gamut
Now that the fast pace of the holiday season is behind us, we can begin focusing on the New Year. "Out with the old, in with the new" is what we often say. Most people make some sort of New Year's resolution. What will be on your New Year's resolution list?
Compare your list to the following top 10 resolutions:
Begin an exercise program (and stick to it more than three months)
Spend more quality time with your family
Find a new job or change careers
Get better grades
Purchase a new home
Purchase a new automobile
Take better care of yourself
If you haven't completed your list yet why not consider adding a few of the following:
Be more grateful
Live daily by the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you)
Be more positive
Be more polite to others
Be more cheerful. Do not let anyone take your joy (especially since they did not give it to you)
Be more patient
Pray and or meditate more
Be more responsible
Volunteer to help others less fortunate
Be less critical and judgmental
Be more helpful
Resolutions are only achieved when a continuous effort is made. It is very common to make a New Year's resolution at the beginning of the year and by March or April, it's forgotten.
You must first develop a plan and stick to it. As the saying goes, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Be sure to work toward your resolution(s) a little each day.
Keep a journal of your progress. At the end of each month reward yourself when you are on track. If you aren't, evaluate why and keep trying.
Consult with your family and friends to see if they have made similar resolutions. If so, create a contest with them and schedule regular check-in points.
Positive challenges can be fun, keep you on your toes and help you to achieve your goals.
Why not make this year the best year ever by simply being the best that you can be. Have a blessed and Happy New Year!
Donna P. Riley is the owner of Paige's Etiquette Seminars, Etc. in Stone Mountain, and author of "What Is Etiquette Anyway?"