The New Year brings new challenges and new opportunities.

Did you make a

New Year’s resolution?

Often, New Year’s Resolutions are made to make positive changes in a person’s life. Typical resolutions are: get in shape, stop smoking, get more sleep, etc.

Year after year, as soon as February hits, these resolutions become an afterthought leaving you disappointed and feeling like you failed.

All those typical resolutions have the same thing in common. Can you guess what it is?

They all focus on the end result. Resolutions that focus on the process get better results. Changing your habits and mindset ensures you achieve your goal or resolution.

I have this issue myself. I have been caught saying I have never reached a goal in my life because I set them higher before I reach the original one. I was under the impression this would help me strive higher, but instead it led to frustration because I felt I wasn’t accomplishing anything. A very wise person told me it is important to celebrate your victories, even if they are little ones. This provides reassurance you are heading in the right direction and helps create a “can do” mindset.

Instead of making a resolution saying you want to get in shape, commit to going to the gym for 45 minutes twice a week. Find the enjoyment in being there and celebrate that you completed your workout. Keep in mind if it feels like a chore, it will be hard to sustain.

Here are some examples of New Years’ resolutions that focus on habits and mindset that can benefit you in your professional and personal life:


Spend more time on things you like vs. those you don’t like. Make a list and delegate or drop the don’t likes.


Better manage your time by time blocking specific activities.


Select a date night once a week with your partner.


Book one day a week to unwind and self reflect.


Commit to finding the positive in every situation. Rank your progress at the end of each day.

The list can go on. The key is to focus on things that are measurable where you have checkpoints throughout the year instead of one goal to achieve by the end of the year. This will help you stay focused with little victories along the way.

New Year, New You? I am not a fan of the cliché, as a change in calendar day should not make you wake up one day and realize you need to change. However, whether you use January 1 or any day throughout the year as your wakeup call, do it for yourself. Make resolutions that benefit your life and learn to love the journey.

Happy New Year everyone and may you strive for greatness.

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