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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

New Year’s resolutions, will you keep yours?

 

January 15, 2013



So much talk about New Year’s resolutions seems to pop up in conversation this time of year which probably means most of us are planning to make and keep some sort of resolution(s).

The big question becomes whether or not we will actually follow through and lose that weight or get more physically and financially fit.

According to a survey performed by FC Organizational Products, LLC, the official consumer products licensee of the FranklinCovey company, 31 percent of us abandoned our resolution to lose weight last year. However, 41 percent stuck to their promise to lose weight.

That, I’m sure, makes most of you very happy indeed!

This year a majority of the 1,000 people surveyed said they want to increase their education and better their career situation, both new ideas to the top 10 New Year’s resolutions.

Could this mean that people are feeling like spending money on education is well worth the cost?

Some of my favorites in the Top 10 include doing more volunteering and reading more. I also appreciate the fact that most of the responders want to increase relationships within their families.

So, now that we’ve made our New Year’s resolution(s), how do we ensure that we will keep them and come out of 2013 better than we were when the year began?

First of all, share those goals with friends and family. If you tell people what you want to accomplish you are more likely to do so.

A friend of mine announced to several friends on Facebook that she was going to run a full marathon this year and participate in a triathlon.

Not only did she get positive feedback and strong support from her friends but she has asked them to continue their support by cheering her on at those events.

What a great way to make sure you reach your goal and all of us are so thrilled for her and can’t wait to see her succeed!

Tracking your progress in a planner or on your phone is also a great way to keep those goals at the forefront of your mind. You can set a daily or weekly reminder on your phone’s calendar throughout the year so that you don’t forget what you really want to accomplish and why.

The last thing FC Organizational Products suggests is to keep a journal. This way you can look back and see when and why you may have had a bad day when trying to reach your goals.

The good news is that over 45 percent of Americans actually do make their New Year’s goals. However, 38 percent usually don’t.

Whatever your goals are and however you choose to get there, I wish you the best of luck and hope that next year at this time you are checking those items off your list with a huge smile on your face!

 

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