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Will 2012 be Different for You?

So, let us compare our lists of things to do this 2012 EXERCISE MORE and Lose Weight SAVE MORE. EARN MORE AND Pay off Debts SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY CUT OFF THE ALCOHOL QUIT SMOKING

Essentially, we all want a better life.

At least, those of us who still have hope that we can have a better life. But between writing those resolutions and actually committing to them is a long road of dealing with and overcoming deeply ingrained habits which are truly difficult to overcome.

The main difference between a resolution and a goal is that level of belief and commitment you put into the task.

To lose weight is a resolution, but to start a new diet and commit to exercise in order to lose 50 pounds is a goal.

To save more is a resolution; to give up a luxury car and commute in order to 25000 dollar debt is a goal.

To cut off alcohol is a resolution; to find new set of friends who don’t drink is a goal.

Resolutions set the tone of your directions this year but goals provide a pathway. Resolution is like starting the engine of your car but goals provide the road to take.

According to Wikipedia, “recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. A separate study in 2007 by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol showed that 78% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, and those who succeed have 5 traits in common. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.”

That piece of statistics can give you a hint when it comes to making resolutions: make them achievable and clear by setting goals; and enlist a support system.

Frank Ra (author of the new year’s resolution book “A course in happiness” said that resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year’s resolutions”.

Reflections

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It is a well-known fact that when there were no televisions or computers, reading was a primary leisure activity. People would spend hours reading books and travel to lands far away-in their minds. The only tragedy is that, with time, people have lost their skill and passion to read.

There are many other exciting and thrilling options available, aside from books. And that is a shame because reading offers a productive approach to improving vocabulary and word power.

It is advisable to indulge in at least half an hour of reading a day to keep abreast of the various styles of writing and new vocabulary.

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Wise Words

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I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

– Leonardo da Vinci

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.

Margaret J. Wheatley

There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord.

Thomas Paine