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Jan 01

Happy New Year

Happy 2014!

shutterstock_146971178 copyI love new beginnings. The feeling that you are working with a clean slate and all things are possible.  This time of year is when thousands of us declare things we are going to change, remove or add to our lives. Are you a resolutions maker?

My goals this year revolve around income (I want more of it!), debt (I want less of it!), health & fitness (focus on how I feel as much as how I look), and family (more quality as the quantity ebbs due to travel).

It appears my list is not unique.  Here is a list of the top 10 American New Year’s Resolutions.

The top 10 New Years Resolution for 2014:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love

10. Spend More Time with Family

Statistics show that 45% of Americans are habitual resolution makers with only 8% actually achieving those declarations.

To give yourself a better chance at achieving the items on your list, you may want to give as much attention to the “how” as to the “what”.  According to the experts, goals should be S.M.A.R.T. That is Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-Bound.  Check out Michael Hyatt’s Blog Post “The Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting” for more detailed information.

A good tip is to break your goals up into quarterly mini-goals.  After all, you can’t lose 50 pounds without first losing 1 and you can’t run a marathon if you can’t run around the block!

I would love to hear some of your goals.  Statistics show we are more likely to follow through if we share our plans with others. Comment below and good luck!

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