|New Years Resolutions and Self Analysis|
“We need to take our New Year’s resolutions more seriously”, says USA Today’s, Michelle Healy, referencing researchers who liken our resolutions to those taken by most businesses. Good businesses do a year-end analysis prior to goal setting for the upcoming year, why don’t we?
Frank Farley, a former president of the American Psychological Association, says this is the perfect time to take a personal inventory and use that information as a guide to new realistic goals. He says one should make a clear-eyed assessment of work-life, health status, relationships, personal finances, etc. Then set attainable goals-to be in a better place in a year. Farley further recommends contracting with an accountability partner or an online group. Let them know your short and long-term goals and the behavioral steps along the way. Such answerability, support and encouragement are critical to success.
San Diego psychologist, Tracy Alderman, blames unrealistic expectations for many resolution failures. “Anything sounds possible when you’re celebrating on New Year’s Eve, but it doesn’t happen that easily. You have to keep your goals realistic.” She recommends developing short and long-term goals, a written plan and documenting successes and failures.
Think about it, one or two important changes are enough to challenge you and enough to celebrate at the end of the year!
Adapted from an article by Michelle Healy on the USA Today site.
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