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Episode Info: “If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am”- Cyril Cusack Happy New Year! 2018 is just around the corner so I wanted to wish everyone a happy and prosperous year to come. This time of year is when most of us make resolutions for the upcoming year. All of us want to improve our lives and making resolutions seems like the perfect way to kick-start the new us. Unfortunately, many resolutions seem to fall by the wayside by mid January (if not sooner). Estimates are that less than 10% of people actually succeed in setting/achieving resolutions. Why is that? I think it's because the vast majority of resolutions are made "last minute" without really thinking about what it might take to actually turn that resolution into reality. While it's a good thing to want to improve ourselves, it needs to be done in a way that "connects" with who we are and what we're about. If we just set things to be done without taking this "pre-step" the odds of success are much lower, which means we only get more frustrated/negative and pessimistic about our ability to actually change. Our ability to make changes in our life (in almost every area) often comes down to creating new habits and changing our behaviors. Think about it, if we don't know what our "default" behaviors or habits are, how can we expect to change something we don't even know exists! Here's some tips on turning resolutions into reality based on my own experience as well as lots of research into the "science of resolutions". Clearly define your goals: Pick a few specific items that fit you as a unique individual, not a bunch of general things that apply to someone else. Track your progress: You increase the odds of success greatly by keeping track of your progress, with all the ups and downs that go along with it. Have patience: Nothing worthwhile happens overnight. It takes time to turn a resolution into a reality. Publicize your goal: It's a lot harder to bail on your resolutions if others know about it. Put it on your schedule: Actually schedule the time for you to work on your resolutions. It's not all or nothing: Don't set yourself up for failure by making your resolution something that is an ultimatum. Be resilient: If you have a setback or even completely stop in your quest to achieve your resolution(s) don't give up. Get back to things as soon as you can, pick up where you left off, and keep moving forward The process of setting and achieving goals, no matter in
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