Greetings Divas and Gents! As we creep towards 2012, I'm sure many of you are in the process of finalizing your New Year’s resolutions. Before you do so, may I make a quick suggestion? Or maybe this should be considered a challenge. I challenge you to remix your resolutions to maximize your chances of achieving your goal…in fact, remixing your resolutions may help you achieve a bigger goal. Instead of focusing on the usual resolutions, set your sights on the big picture. Here are a few examples:
Instead of Resolving to Lose Weight…Resolve to Get Healthier!
How many Decembers have you promised yourself that you were going to lose weight in the new year? How many times have you actually done it? Losing weight is one of the most common resolutions made before the new year; I am willing to bet, however, that the success rate in achieving this goal is not that great. My guess is that resolving to lose weight is short-sighted, thereby increasing the rate of failure. My suggestion is to set your sights on a more rewarding goal: resolve to get healthier. This remix allows you to focus on eating better foods and getting more exercise in order to improve your health. It also allows you to reduce or nix other vices that may be damaging your health, like habitual smoking and excessive drinking (both are also common resolutions!). Placing a numeric value on weight loss can turn it into a daunting task; but resolving to get healthier by changing your diet and getting regular exercise is an attainable goal that can lead to weight loss. Look at the bigger picture!
Instead of Resolving to Get Out Of Debt…Resolve to Improve Your Overall Financial Fitness!
This is another example of a short-sighted goal. Remix it! Resolving to get out of debt is a great goal to set for the new year…resolving to improve your overall financial situation is a better goal. In addition to managing your personal spending habits and paying off outstanding debt, you should also work on creating a personal and household budget, padding your emergency fund, contributing to your retirement plan, saving, and investing. You should also review and ensure that you have adequate insurance coverage (life, disability, health, etc.). Again, getting out of debt is just one part of the plan…think bigger!
Instead of Resolving to Take A Vacation…Resolve to Take Several Vacations!
I know this sounds a little crazy and a lot expensive, but follow me for just a second will you? At the beginning of the year many people resolve to take a vacation…I agree! Taking a vacation away from the work place is an excellent and necessary goal. But what about taking smaller vacations in addition to the main one? How about a day trip to an amusement park…or a three-day weekend to a ski resort…or a one-day sightseeing tour of a nearby city…or a spa weekend with your friends. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular, but if you spread these “fun” events throughout the calendar year it gives you something to look forward to. And, like the big vacation you resolved to take, these short breaks will also serve as instant stress relievers, which are always welcomed! See, the goal in taking a vacation is to reward yourself…think bigger and reward yourself often!
So, do you get what I’m saying about remixing your resolution? Think bigger!
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Good for you! Now, how do you plan to remix it? Leave a comment and let me know…Go!