It’s that time of year. Time to start acting on our New Year’s Resolution. These resolutions often include major life changes. The most popular resolutions include the following:
- loosing weight
- getting organized
- spending less, saving mor
- enjoying life to the fullest
- staying fit and healthy
- learning something exciting
- quiting smoking
- helping others reach their dreams
- falling in love, and
- spending more time with family.
For some, getting a high school equivalency diploma and starting college is a major resolution. Yet, by mid winter, many of the resolutions are forgotten, seem out of reach, or are put away until next January. The reality is that there is no hard and fast rule that says a
person needs to make major changes in their life because a new year has begun. This time of year is about reflecting on life and deciding how to make real, sustainable, and positive changes in life.
So, where do you start? And how do you keep moving forward?
- Start small. Do you want to earn your HSE? Then, study for one subject and make your goal passing one portion of the test. Once that portion of the test is complete, set your next goal – one more test.
nge your behaviors one step at a time. Earning your high school equivalency takes preparation. Look at your schedule. When do you have realistic time to study? If you are not a
morning person, then setting a goal to get up early and study is probably not sustainable. But – maybe you have an hour a day in the evening, three times a week. Use that time to study.
- Make your resolutions public. It’s important to build a support network of family and friends.
- Realize you will have some setbacks. Life is complicated and sometimes we step back into old habits. Sometimes resolutions need to take a back seat to new priorities, changing work schedules, and increased family commitments. Give yourself a break and set a goal to get back on track as soon as possible.
A New Year’s Resolution can be a start to a great 2017, but remember, each resolution takes planning, time, and commitment. By seating realistic goals and timelines, they are all possible.