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New Year Resolution: A Two Step Process


Another New Year Resolution...will you keep it or will you break it?

Keeping your New Year Resolution is about being in integrity with you. If your resolution is not congruent with your needs or desires, you will likely break it.

If however, you understood your deepest needs and desires for not only the coming year, but you have taken some time to consider how the last year turned out, it is my guess that you would be more successful in keeping your resolutions.

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My goal in this article is to help provide a two-step process so that you are more likely to set effective goals as well as keep the promises you make to yourself. This will translate into a variety of personal and professional success.

First, let's review some interesting statistics on New Year Resolutions published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in 2002. John. Norcross and colleagues found that 40% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year, however 36% of these resolutions are broken after only 1 month.

Although these are not great odds, what we do know is that those people who consistently reflect on their life and take the time to make goals are at least 10 times more likely to attain their goals.

So even if you have failed to keep your New Year Resolution in the past, the fact that you are even considering making one is a BIG step.

Keep reading and see if these next two steps will assist you as they have me in creating a more effective system for your New Year Resolution.

Step #1: Completing and Remembering 2012

I started completing these questions years ago. I remember someone sending me an email with this list in it, and over the years I have found this to be a very powerful exercise.

I soon began giving this unconventional New Year Resolution form out to my patients and friends who really seemed to like it to. My husband and I actually look forward to the evening each year where we write out our answers and then share them with each other.

What is even more fun is pulling out our answers from the year before and taking stock of how far we've come in our goals and dreams that previous year. It always amazes me how accurate a prediction this type of goal setting can be.

As for the source of where I got this, I cannot tell you. It is not my own invention, but since I cannot find the source, I figure it is safe to pass along for your own personal use...

  1. What was your biggest joy or success in 2012?

  2. What was the smartest decision you made in 2012?

  3. What one word best sums up and describes your 2012 experience?

  4. What was your greatest realization in 2012?

  5. What was the most loving service you performed in 2012?

  6. What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2012?

  7. What are you most happy about completing in 2012?

  8. Who were the 3 people that had the greatest impact on your life in 2012?

  9. What was the biggest risk you took in 2012?

  10. What was the biggest surprise in 2012?

  11. What important relationship improved the most in 2012?

  12. What compliment would you like to have received in 2012? (Give it and receive it now.)

  13. What compliment would you liked to have given in 2012?

  14. What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2012?

Step #2: Anticipating 2013

  1. What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2013?

  2. What advice would you like to give yourself in 2013?

  3. What will you do with it when you improve your financial results in 2013?

  4. What would you be most happy about completing in 2013?

  5. What major indulgence are you willing to experience in 2013?

  6. What would you most like to evolve about yourself in 2013?

  7. What are you looking forward to in 2013?

  8. What do you think your biggest challenge will be in 2013, and how will you meet it?

  9. What about your work, are you most committed to evolving in 2013?

  10. What is one as yet undeveloped talent you are willing to explore in 2013?

  11. What brings you the most joy, and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2013?

  12. Who or what are you most committed to loving and serving in 2013?

  13. What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2013?

When you are finished, put this in a safe spot (like your underwear drawer!) and then be sure to pull this out again next year to review what you thought you would create and what actually happened.

After doing this for a while like I have been, you will begin to see how powerful a creator you are if you get clear on what you desire and want to create.

If you want to do this on a smaller scale, do something like this every 4 or 6 months so that you can review your progress 2-3 times a year rather than once. After all, goal setting and life reviews are not solely reserved for New Year Resolutions.

A Book suggestion for your New Year Resolution

If you are looking for a powerful book to help you transform your life all year long, rather simply on January 1st, I would suggest Orrin Woodward's book RESOLVED, 13 Resolutions for Life.

Orrin is ranked in the top 10 of all motivational and inspirational speakers in the world and I have been following his work for a while now. He truly does eat, live and breathe these basic principles for a healthy and happy life.

Here is what has been written about this book:

"This book takes us back in time to recapture the essence of what made America great while at the same time beckons men and women to step up and recapture those principles and begin living them today. It is at once a book of resolutions to assist a person in forging himself a true leader, a textbook of instructions to serve as a guide in tackling life's toughest challenges, and lastly, fully inspirational in capturing the heart and soul of leaders who have lived and achieved using the principles in this book. RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for Life, is a must read for anyone desiring to capture, in one book, the essence of the proven leadership principles of Orrin Woodward."


Yours in Wellness,

Dr. Lisa

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