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Forget Big New Year’s Resolutions and Focus on Simple Changes

Posted Jan 19 2011 5:06pm
A new year often inspires us to make some changes in our lives, but often we overwhelm our schedules with lofty goals that we soon find impossible to keep. The key to achieving a large goal is to break it down into smaller, simpler goals that are much more achievable. For instance, if you want to lose weight, don’t say, “I pledge to lose 50 pounds by summer!” Instead, set a goal to take a walk five days a week or sign up for a weekly aerobics class.

For a long time now, I’ve wanted to write a fiction book. All of the books I’ve written so far have been nonfiction, and I really want to write a novel. But that’s a HUGE undertaking! And, not surprisingly, I’ve been kind of paralyzed in my goal. I have the idea, but I always seem to be able to find plenty of other things to do besides actually writing down my story. So, it’s time for me to change my strategy if I’m ever going to get this book done! Here’s my plan: Instead of saying, “I’m going to get my book done this year,” I’m setting a simpler goal. One day a week, I’m going to spend the morning working on my book. I’ll put aside my blogging, editing and housework, and just focus on writing my novel. If I stick with this plan, will I have my book done by the end of the year? I don’t know for certain. But I’ll definitely have a LOT more progress made on it than I’ve accomplished so far with my current plan!

If, like me, you really want to make some sort of change in your life this year, SocialMoms and Simply Orange Juice would like to encourage you to take a pledge to make simple, positive changes in your life this year. What do you want to accomplish? Maybe it’s to eat better or shed some weight. It might be to improve your marriage or your relationship with your children. Perhaps you want to get your finances in order or save for a large purchase. Now, break that goal down into simple steps that you can take on a daily or weekly basis. Just commit to those goals and don’t think about the “big picture” for now. If necessary, get out your calendar and write down your small goals. My calendar is going to have “work on my book this morning” every Thursday! If you’re working on your marriage, you might want to write “Date Night!” on your calendar once a month. If you want to save money, my mom has a very simple way of doing so. Every time she gets a $5 bill, she puts it in a jar. She’s saved hundreds of dollars this way and says she hasn’t missed the money in her wallet a bit.

So, go ahead, take the first step. Commit to a small, positive and achievable “something” that you can do to get closer and closer to your dream. It’s a new year, and it’s time for a “new you.” You can do it!



DISCLOSURE: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Simply Orange® blogging program. If I am one of the first 65 blogs received by SocialsMoms, I will receive a $25 Target gift card and a gift pack that includes a Simply Orange® cooler bag and logoed fleece.
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