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December 30, 2016

Have a Happy, Productive New Year!

The holidays are almost over, and like many people, you may be thinking about resolutions for the New Year. We often start each year full of determination to achieve our resolutions this time, but we quickly find ourselves slipping back into old habits. Here are some tips to turn those resolutions into positively productive actions.act

  • Set a SMART goal instead of a resolution. SMART goals are more motivating and likely will deliver more results. SMART stands for:
  • Specific. Clearly spell out steps that contribute most to the performance of that goal.
  • Measurable. Establish criteria by which you can evaluate the goal and determine when you have achieved it.
  • Attainable. Goals must be flexible and respond to personal, professional, business and environmental changes.
  • Relevant. Blue sky, but keep both feet on the ground. Set goals to stretch and grow your abilities, but are not so difficult that you become discouraged.
  • Timed. Put a deadline on each goal.
  • Take small steps. Set yourself up for success by breaking down your SMART goals into small actions that are easy to take. Focus on the steps where you feel the least amount of resistance to make quick progress and fire up your motivation to stay the course.
  • Tell a friend. A little peer pressure can be just what you need to stay on track. This works especially well if you mutually support each other. You don’t even need to have the same goal to make this work. The key is to hold each other accountable.

SMART goals are not easy to achieve, but you reap great rewards when you attain them. In addition to the pay-off the goal represents, you increase your self-esteem, and your self-confidence grows stronger. Start now to set your SMART goals for 2017.

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year!

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