HAPPY 2013 EVERYONE!!!
I hope you had a great Christmas and that 2013 will be an awesome year for you.
The New Year is upon us and I’m praying it’s going to be a year of happy changes, inspirational changes. To be honest 2012 has been a challenging year for me and I’m not sorry to see it go. The year 2013 brings with it endless possibilities, new beginnings, fresh starts and exciting New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time to reflect on the things you want to improve or change and what you will accomplish in this new year. All you have to do is decide this is the year to DO IT! Are you ready?
It’s easy to be skeptical about New Year resolutions, but the beginning of the year is a great time to commit to reforming a habit, setting fresh personal goals or beginning a new project. It gives us a memorable time marker and because it is a new year we instinctively look with anticipation to what the new year will bring.
My New Year’s Resolutions
I’ve chosen 3 areas I plan to focus on this year.
- Finances (Couponing saves money so that’s my area of focus for now)
I want to implement some tools for organization, work on my health and make some time for my blog and finances. I have been investigating couponing the last month or two and I want to really nail that one down. It’s got a little bit of a learning curve to it. I want to master that and become a couponing diva. LOL
I know I need to utilize some time management techniques and get an organized system going. Caring for the three children takes most of my time. I’m constantly cooking, cleaning, helping with homework or breaking up spats. I don’t remember it being so difficult when I was younger? Maybe I’ve just forgotten.
I also realize my health has been a drag for most of the year and has definitely made everything harder. I have a host of health issues including COPD, diabetes and heart. Some days I can barely get out of bed, but I know part of the problem is I don’t take care of myself so I figure that’s an area I definitely need to work on.
What’s totally insane is that I still smoke so I know that’s got to go this year. Quitting smoking is probably one of the hardest darn things I’ve ever tried to do. I made two attempts this last year and never made it past two weeks. However, I’ve decided I am going to succeed in 2013!
So with pen and paper in hand make your list of goals and resolutions for 2013. Next determine a plan of action and write it down breaking it into small do-able steps. Lastly and the most significant decide to succeed in 2013. Remember “Whatever the mind can perceive and believe the mind can achieve”~ Napoleon Hill. Get a clear picture of what you want in your life and stay focused on that picture. Take control of your mind and use its power to achieve your goals in 2013.
Seven Steps To Help You KEEP Your Resolutions
- Make your resolutions do-able, bite sized and within your reach.
- Craft them as specific as you can.
- Schedule them into your day as critical priorities, crucial and vital to your future. The Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule, states that 80% of your achievement results from about 20% of your activities – these are key activities that will make the biggest contribution to your success, so don’t let them get put on the back shelf.
- Try to work on your resolutions when you’re brilliant and dazzling not when you’re tired and worn from the day.
- Tell others about your resolutions and what you’re doing; it’ll help you stick to the plan. (Positive & supportive people only)
- Put them in writing: Writing them down makes your intentions ‘real’.
- Keep a record of your progress. Tracking your progress keeps you on target and will help re-inspire you if you lose your resolve. Many of us lose our resolve along the way – the important thing is to get back on board as soon as you realize you’re off target.
What do you think? Are you making any New Year’s resolutions? What methods do you have for keeping your resolutions? On the other hand, maybe you don’t think New Year’s resolutions are such a good idea? Whatever your views, I’d love to hear from you – if you’d like to join in the conversation, please leave a comment below.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and to wish you all Peace and Prosperity in 2013.
Photo Credit: —El coleccionista de instantes (Flickr.com)