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New Year's Resolutions: Goals and Values

Updated on August 3, 2017

New Year's Resolutions

Keeping New Year's Resolutions

At one point or another in our lives, we have made a list of things that we would like to change around the New Year. The easiest part of New Year's Resolutions is making them. Most of us find that keeping New Year's Resolutions to be the hard part.

The first few days or even weeks go by, then we begin to slack off. We hardly ever stay committed to making these changes. As life goes on, to avoid failure, we choose maybe one thing we'd like to change. Sometimes we do this quietly. Or else we give up trying to change things entirely!

We need a better strategy to make and keep New Year's Resolutions.

Time for Resolutions

It is Time for A Change
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Ten Common New Year's Resolutions

1. Lose weight.

2. Start exercising.

3. Organize the _____.

4. Learn a new skill.

5. Get out of debt.

6. Pray more.

7. Quit smoking.

8. Read the Bible.

9. Find a new job.

10. Work on relationships.

Start Some Fireworks ---- Change!

Example of a New Year’s Resolution I can keep:

Value: I value my family.

Goal: Since I value my family, I’m going to improve my health by losing 25 pounds.

Assets: I need to invest one hour a day walking. I need to buy new walking shoes.

Relationships: I've told my family and friends I want to improve my health and walk an hour a day. My wife and friends have offered to walk or with me.

Result: I have recommitted to place greater value in my family by setting a goal to lose weight. By losing weight, I can improve my health and enjoy a longer life with my family. I have evaluated my assets and have decided on a daily walking program. I have strengthened my relationships by walking with my wife or friends one hour a day.

Five Steps to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

  1. Review Your Values
  2. Recommit to Your Values
  3. Review Your Goals
  4. Review Your Assets
  5. Rebuild Relationships

Evaluate

1. Review Your Values

Evaluate what is important to you. Make a list of your values or things that are important to you. Do you value your family? Is your health important? What makes you get up in the morning and go to work? What keeps you committed to the things that you do in your life? As you ponder your values, start a written journal or start one online. This will aid you greatly as you work and commit to change.

What is Important?

2. Recommit to Your Values

As you have written out what you value, take the time to recommit to these values. For example, if your family is important to you, then maybe you should place more value on your health. By committing to improve your health, you enhance the commitment to your family. A longer, healthy life will benefit you and your family. How would this make you feel?

Get In Shape - Connect to Value

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3. Review Your Goals

Evaluate your goals in light of your values.

Would you like to be able to walk 2 miles a day or like to lose 25 pounds?

Would you like to strengthen your relationship to your family?

These types of goals will strengthen and support your values. How will committing to these goals support your values? Set your goals in light of these values. Keeping sight of your values will help you stick to your goals.

Assets

4. Review Your Assets

Take a look at what you would need to achieve your goals. Time is your greatest asset.

How much time would it take out of the 24 hours that you have each day, to work on one of your goals?

Do you need a new pair of walking or running shoes to help you commit to exercising? Where will you exercise?

What about the relationships with your family and friends--these could be important assets. they will support you. If you have an old Bible, purchasing a new one may help you commit to daily reading.

Relationships That Matter

Rebuild those ties!
Rebuild those ties!

5. Rebuild Relationships

One of the most important aspects of committing to values and goals is the relationships we have with those around us. Your friendship with your family members is one of your greatest assets when it comes to committing to your values and goals. These relationships could prove to be a great support in your efforts to commit to your values and to accomplish your goals. Making known your values and goals to them will reinforce your commitment to these changes. In the end, loving relationships can be strengthened by your commitment to the values that you, your family and your friends hold dear.

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New Year's Goals and Values

Keeping resolutions throughout the year may be difficult. As you focus on your goals and values, you can strengthen your relationships. As a result, resolutions can be prove to attainable. Here's to keeping New Year's Resolutions throughout the year. Cheers!


© 2013 AJ

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      So true Vellur! Thanks for reading and adding your insight to the Hub! Happy New Year to you, also! :o)

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great ideas for New Year Resolutions. Making resolutions are great,s ticking to them is the tough part. Wishing you a Happy New Year!!

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Timothy Hurley, thanks for the humorous comment and taking the time to read my article. Hope springs eternal for those that make yearly resolutions. I hope that you are continuing to have success in breaking your 2013 resolutions. :o)

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      Timothy Hurley 4 years ago

      I'm making all my 2014 New Year's resolutions now, so I can get started on breaking them.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      B. Leekley--wow! Thanks for the kind praise! As I said to Cyndi10, resolutions are easy to make and easy to break--unless you find value in your resolution. Thanks so much for sharing with others--I hope it can help make changes for people--to bring greater meaning to life. Lofty hopes! Thanks again B. Leekley!

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by Cyndi10! Yes, I thought the same thing when I considered writing about this topic before the New Year. I tried to think about why people fail to keep resolutions. This was the way I came up with to solve the problem. Thanks for the kind words!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      What a great way to look a New Year's Resolution. This would probably increase the likelihood that they will be kept. Tying the resolution to a value makes so much sense because it really raises the stakes and the importance of the resolution.

      A good read for anyone who is desperately trying to keep a resolution of any kind, at any time.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and social networking sites.

      This is the best keeping New Years resolutions advice I have ever read. I especially like and agree with the concept of starting with reviewing what one values and then linking resolutions, goals, intentions, chosen challenges to one's values.

      New Years, one's birthday, and the coming of Lent are good traditional times to renew or begin resolutions, but any day can be the day.

      I value the gifts of life and health and value the opportunity those gifts give me to develop as a person and a writer and value the companionship of my wife; therefore, I resolve to continue as best I can to meet the challenge made in a hub by billybuc to walk for an hour every day 365/365 (or to step up and down a one step stool for an hour or to walk 0n a treadmill for an hour).

      I value doing my share, so I resolve to keep up hope and keep job hunting.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Exactly! I admit--in this case I haven't practised what I've preached. This year I was forced into a "resolution" on Jan. 2nd, when I had a gall bladder attack. I've drastically changed my diet and have lost a lot of weight. Now I have to make a "resolution" to exercise more.

      LOL about your comment with Lent--never thought about it that way! Ya--a forced 40 day resolution period! When I wrote the article, I was thinking more about transitional behavior linked to values. Might have to re-write this someday. Thanks for commenting!

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have never gotten into New Years traditions. I couldn't stay up until midnight if I tried. I've never made resolutions. We used to get plenty of that during lent. The resolutions are probably a good motivation for some people, but many just go through the motions. Good advice for those who do follow the traditions.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks rajan jolly! In and of themeselves, resolutions are easy to break. When we add value to our decsiosns, it improves the chances of success. Ask any good salesman. lol :0)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Nice read aj! Surely, connecting resolutions with some goals will benefit in making them more attainable.

      Voted up.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for the kind wishes! I'm glad it's over for you. Probably have to eat like this long term. I'm eating lots more avacodos which I love, Don't crave the red meat or wheat like I thought I would. I ate red meat everyday! I do like soups but time consuming to make. :o(

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      kaiyan717 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow, gluten free eating is hard enough. I hope that the transition gets easier and maybe enjoyable. Our taste buds do change over time and getting healthy is always a plus. A couple years ago I had to go on a high serotonin, low adrenaline diet and I thought I would die. There was so many no's that it was a single sheet of what I actually coud have, so glad that is over.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks for stopping by! I'm so glad you quit smoking--I smoked when I was 12 to 22--haven't had one since. I hope the negative people go completely away from you. Good luck!

      I made one by default. On January 2nd I had gall bladder attack. I had to change my diet. Cut out read meat--including pork, coffee, wheat, dairy eggs for a whole month. Took probiotics, eat soup, more vegs, gluten free products, chicken. I've had about 5 cups of coffe since then. If I eat wheat it is organic pita or from organic wheat--rarely do. No fried foods--lots of oils--flax and olive. I've read a lot and there's several hubs on it. Lost some weight, too! Hope I never find it again!

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      kaiyan717 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Good hub, I read somewhere that by two weeks in to the New Year, over 75% of Americans has already broke their New Year's Resolution. I resolve to cut out the negativity (negative people) in my life and quit smoking () after 18 years, both are working splendily. How is yours going? Sometimes our bodies let us know they want change and force what we may not do on our own.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yes--thank you for the comment-did you make a resolution and are you sticking to it? I sort of did. I had a gall bladder attacked January 2nd and I radically changed my diet.

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      Kymberly Fergusson 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Getting help from friends and family or being publicly accountable works much better than keeping resolutions private and hidden. I shall increase the sticking power by linking my resolutions to values!