As the year comes to a close, it's time to think about making New Year's resolutions. Those I-have-to-do-this kinds of promises you have every intention of keeping, but you might be setting yourself up for disappointment.
I'm a fan of setting goals, making plans, and embracing fresh starts, but I'm more likely to take baby steps instead of making full-fledged resolutions. And I do this throughout the year, not just in January. When December rolls into January, all I see are numbers changing.
I also think that the whole New Year resolution thing might be a tad reaching. Most people think so big, it's no wonder by the middle of January they've already given up.
If you set smaller goals throughout the year (and yes, this can include the beginning of the year), then you're more likely to achieve those goals, if only in parts.
So go ahead and call them whatever you want, but just be sure to try something new, reach for something you want, and if you take two steps forward and three steps back, keep walking forward.
No berating, beating yourself up, or giving up allowed.
Ease your way into the New Year.
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