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Combatting The Common Causes Of Failed New Year’s Resolutions

We all have good intentions when we set goals and make resolutions for a new year – but good intentions only last so long. I am a goal-setter by nature, but this New Year’s Eve left me feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of goals on my list.

This past year has brought incredible change for my family, between the marriage of my oldest daughter, Jackie, moving my parents up to live in Bethlehem and now moving my daughter, Kelsey, down to Nashville for her new job, I haven’t had much time to focus on myself. So my resolutions for 2017 have a central theme: refocus, reorganize and revitalize!

My first attempt at writing my resolutions looked something like this: 1. Drink more water 2. Get more sleep 3. Eat Better 4. Work out more 5. Make more time for charitable causes 6. Organize my office

Sounds fine, right? Admirable and attainable, but very off-the-shelf. I wondered how I could improve my goal-setting process to make 2017 my best year yet. Kelsey and I had many hours in the car to talk about our resolutions and how to make them happen, and we came up with some tips for making the best out of the New Year’s resolution process.

1. Set yourself up for success - Don't just repeat the same goals year after year. If you didn’t accomplish something last year, take some time to reflect on why, and how you can adjust this year. - Check in after a month or two – if you haven’t made progress on something, don't just wipe it off the books and chalk it up to yet another failed resolution – better to re-evaluate and start again. It’s okay to set goals at any time during the year!

2. Be specific - For each goal ask yourself: What, How, and When? - Breakdown your BPG’s (Big Picture Goals) into MMG’s (Measurable Milestone Goals) - Start by achieving smaller, short-term goals to build momentum

3. Focus on accountability - Share and discuss your goals with others that will support you: family, friends, colleagues. Be honest and open about both your successes and shortcomings.

4. Enjoy the journey - Find fun, creative ways to challenge yourself and track your progress. - Reward yourself for your accomplishments! You’ve worked hard, so occasionally let yourself bask in your own awesomeness. - Find a happy place between optimism and realism.

With all this in mind, here is my revised Resolutions for 2017!

1. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. a. Invest in good glass water bottle that holds more. b. Drink 8 ounces of water before each meal

2. Get at least 7 hours of sleep 3 nights a week a. Don’t start watching TV after 10 PM b. Ask my husband to make me stop working after 10PM – turn off the computer and close the studio door. c. Keep a book on my bedside table and read it before going to sleep

3. Re-Join Weight Watchers a. Get the new app on my iPad b. Find a friend to join with me

4. Work out at least 4 days a week a. Write work-out days into my planner b. Come to the gym and take the class before the one I teach

5. Recertify Bailey in Pennsylvania for Therapy Dog Training and volunteer 1x per week at local nursing homes

6. Organize the stacks of business cards in my office: a. Get a business card app b. Scan cards right away before they pile up

And as for accountability, stay tuned for a follow-up post in a couple weeks. In the meantime, good luck with your own resolutions, and let’s start 2017 strong!

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