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How to Set and Achieve Goals When You’re Chronically Ill

By Kim Penix

love the last week of the year. It’s a week that always fills me with hope and anticipation of the new year to come.  The stress of the holidays is over and my body can rest and recuperate for the coming new year.

This is also the time that people tend to set their goals for the coming year. (Have I ever mentioned how I’m a type-A person stuck in a chronically ill body? Oh, the torture!)

Goal-setting for someone with a chronic illness can seem like a waste of time. How are we ever supposed to succeed at a goal when our body is trying to shut us down?

I’ve learned a few things over the years I’ve been ill and one is that it is possible to set and achieve goals. You just have to go about it differently than most.

Here are the nine things I think are important when setting goals: Read more

Reflections on 2016 and Planning for 2017

By Christopher Burton, M.D.

I can’t believe I’m sitting down to write my last batch of articles for the year. December has officially arrived. This article is going to be different than most, though. This week I’m not going to be throwing out a bunch of sage advice. What I am going to do is ask questions. Specifically, I’m going to give you questions that you can ask yourself as you reflect back on 2016 and prepare for 2017. Read more

5 Move More Habits for 2016

By Sprouts

Start Fresh in the New Year

Do you have big goals in 2016? Maybe run the Route 66 Marathon (Oklahoma) … hike through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (Georgia) … or trek the Grand Canyon (Arizona). Often these big dreams start with the smallest of healthy habits.

Whatever your goals, we’ve come up with a list of small habits that are a synch to incorporate into your daily routine. They’ll have you moving more and feeling great!

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7 New Year’s Resolutions That’ll Make 2016 The Best Year Yet

By Lauren Vino

It’s impossible to forget that another year has come and gone when everyone around you is thinking about what their resolutions will be. But self-improvement fans don’t always have an arsenal of bad habits to give up, and forcing it doesn’t seem like the best way to enjoy the coming year.

Don’t worry — you might be without a resolution, but you’re not without hope. Instead of giving something up, consider taking on one of the following healthy habits. That way you may actually stick with it this time. Read more

10 Easy Things You Can Do To Start The New Year Right

By Karyn Greenstreet, Small Business Coach and Self Employment Expert

As we begin to roll towards January, we start to think of New Year’s resolutions. Instead of adding more stress to your life by listing 10 huge goals to accomplish in the next year, why not start off with 10 small things you can do to give you a feeling of instant success? Here are some suggestions to get you started: Read more

Five Tips for Planning Effective New Year Resolutions

By Gretchen Rubin

Forty-four percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and I know I always do. I’m more inclined to make resolutions than ever, in fact, because if my happiness project has convinced me of anything, it has convinced me that resolutions –made right – can make a huge difference in boosting happiness. Read more

Five Simple Tricks for Goal Setting in the New Year

By Karen Dwyer

Once again, the countdown to another year has begun. It’s time to turn the calendar to 2011.

Tradition suggests this is also the time of year to figuratively turn the page with a set of new year’s resolutions, objectives to be checked off your list of personal and professional goals.

Why Goals Matter

There’s no time like the new year to take stock of what you’ve already accomplished and what you’d like to do next. More than just going through the motions, setting realistic goals leads the way to personal growth. Honing down those processes in a focused way lets you work through each goal to arrive at a final result that should support something bigger than simply an item to be checked off your list.

Whether your aim is to sharpen your skills or achieve something unique, goals require commitment, perseverance and motivation - admirable qualities for any member of the work force. Job performance in the post-recession economy is sure to continue to be a key factor to personal and professional well-being, so having goals with measurable results may be more important now than ever.

Improving the Process

A better managed goal-planning process ensures that what you’re doing every day contributes to an ultimate result, so get a jumpstart on this year by keeping in mind the SMART goals system. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.

One suggestion that can help is to create a goals notebook in which you can write out your new year’s resolutions and how you’ll achieve them. The notebook can be a great place to keep track of your progress.

Here are five simple tricks to make sure those same resolutions get crossed off the list:

> Define your goals. Make an actual list. Define what you’d like to achieve and put it in writing. Ask yourself, “What does success look like to me?” - and don’t skimp on the details. Create a clear mental picture that lends itself to positive visualization; you’ll have an image of success that can continue to inspire you.

> Describe why. It’s easier to give up on a process if you can’t remember why you started in the first place. List all of the possible benefits of achieving your goal. Save the list and refer to it throughout the goal-attainment process.

> Create a time line. Write yourself a roadmap that will lead you to your objective. Outline a series of short-term goals that bring long-term results. Create a time line and establish milestones you expect to reach along the way. Also, select small rewards for yourself to stay motivated upon completion of progress markers.

> Find support. Let others know what you’re working to achieve. Before December’s end, set up a schedule to talk regularly with friends, family members or co-workers who can encourage you. You’re more likely to succeed if you’re held accountable and can discuss any challenges with a mentor who can also help you find innovative ways to get overcome issues as you face them.

> Give yourself a Plan B. Identify the areas of your goal plan that may prove tiresome, frustrating or problematic. Select alternatives that will get you the same result. For example, if you’re trying to read a business book each week for the next year, plan to take a break and read a business blog or attend a lecture instead.

Seize the Day

Get a fresh start this new year by going through your goals now and outlining them in an effective way. By knowing what you want and how to achieve it, you’ve already taken your first steps to success in the coming year.

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Top 5 Tips for Keeping New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again. Time for New Year’s resolutions! What are your goals for 2010? More money, less weight, more travel, or less work? Whatever your resolutions for the New Year, here are some tips to keep you on track and motivated so that you CAN attain your goals.

  1. Set realistic goals - If you have created 5 New Year’s resolutions, you are almost certain to fail. Be realistic and pick one or two things you really want to do and be specific. Don’t say just “lose weight”, change that to “lose 10 pounds by June 1st.”
  2. Break it down - If your goal is to lose 10 pounds or work out 3 days a week, break it down even further. Write down monthly, weekly and daily goals that will help you reach your long-term goal. It can be really hard to lose weight, exercise, save money or stop smoking if you don’t know what steps you are going to take to get there.
  3. Tell everyone! - You need a support system to help you stay on track. Tell your family and friends what your goals are, and even better, see if you can find a buddy to do it with you. It is great to have someone you are accountable to, and who can share your discouragements and your triumphs.
  4. Reward yourself - Give yourself a weekly and monthly reward. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks, but if you have a great week, you accomplished your goals, then celebrate! Put a picture on your computer, or create a vision board of something you really want for your reward WHEN you reach your final goal. It will motivate you every day!
  5. Keep a journal - write down your long-term goals, and break it down into monthly and weekly goals. Then every day, keep track of what you accomplished or did not accomplish for that day to measure your success. Don’t beat yourself up if you messed up, but you may see a pattern of things that may help you or hurt you accomplish your goals.

Look at your goals for the New Year, and put these tips into practice if you have not already. It takes 21 days to create a habit and 6 months for it to become part of your daily life. If you have a slip-up today, remember tomorrow is a new day. You have only failed if you quit…so be realistic, reward yourself for baby steps, and keep on keeping on!