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Happy New Year

dsc_6831_wfor everyone!

Many people use the beginning of a new year to negotiate some resolutions with themselves. Do you or did you?

Some want to stop smoking, others want to lose weight, learn another language, do more sports or spend more time
with the kids / family.

I usually don’t make such resolutions. I don’t need such an event for making plans for change. But for many people such New Year Resolutions are very helpful, although many of them fail. Why aren’t they successful? Often the resolutions are phrases up in a bad shape for being a resolution.

But what should one do, to make a resolution work? In case, you have a plan for a resolution, write it down, regardless when you get the idea. But, make it a goal!
For making a plan be a goal, you have to
– write it down
– keep a realistic timeline
– express it proof-able
– make a (realistic) plan, how you could reach the goal
– make a review appointment after half the time for adjustment purposes
– make another review appointment at the final date for proofing the goal

Here’s an example:
Say, you want to lose some weight. So, you shouldn’t say “I want to loose weight”. Instead you have to say “My goal is to lose 10 kg until easter”.  This is an example. You could certainly plan to lose 20 kg until the 1st of June. But keep it realistic. In case you have difficulties to estimate, what is realistic and what is too much, ask your friends, doctor or another advisor on that specific subject. Than write it down! Next write down the steps you want to execute to reach the goal. You could i.e. make appointments with yourself for a certain amount of time on certain times (i.e. every Monday and every Thursday at 6 p.m. go jogging for an hour) and record your status every month. Stay with your plan. Maybe you have to adjust some steps after some time. But try hard to stay on the line. At easter you could easily stop on your balance board to check your current weight and compare it to you starting weight. This it proofing your goal. Did you pass or did you fail? In case, you failed, how far away are you from your goal? What do you do now? Extend the time? Be satisfied by the reached result? Did you learn something during the time that is useful for the future? Write it down!

If you want to, you can use the space below to write about your resolutions. Do you make some, why and maybe which.

A new year is just like an empty sheet of paper. And it’s on you, what you’ll write on it. And next you can have a look back, and see what you have reached.

I assemble a book each year in December. A book containing the best photographs of that last year as an essence. Only about 40 – 60 photos out of 10,000.  My personal year in photographs. It’s an interesting way for a review.

Happy new year!