Keep Your New Year's Resolutions: Goals and Values
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
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
- Review Your Values
- Recommit to Your Values
- Review Your Goals
- Review Your Assets
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
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.
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
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.
© 2013 ajwrites57
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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