Keeping New Year's Resolutions Requires A Dose of Realism
At the end of
each year, most of us compile a list of resolutions that we think will
enhance our lives in the new year. But 12 months later, we often
discover that, despite our best intentions, we did not fulfill many (or
any) of these promises.
Dr. Donald E.
Wetmore of the Productivity Institute developed some suggestions that
may help us achieve these "worthy" goals as we work our way through
that a realistic attitude adds to the success quotient of everyone who
has vowed to keep their resolutions. He suggests implementing these
your resolutions. Sometimes people are too vague about what they want
to achieve, so a resolution such as "I want to lose weight this year"
will probably fail. Be more specific; decide how much weight you want
- Set a
deadline. Resolutions that are to be achieved "as soon as possible"
usually are not ever realized. Deadlines evoke commitments and help
determine when failure occurs; they also help break down a resolution
into manageable pieces. Until we quantify our goals, set deadlines and
break them down into daily requirements, the resolutions will always
- Change one
or two things at a time. As a rule, people generally do not like
change; they seek the familiar and avoid the strange. The more change
you endure, the higher the probability your campaign will collapse.
Focus on one or two of the more important resolutions that you want to
accomplish this year; when you achieve one or the other, start on the
realistic. The start of a new year inspires changes, but sometimes they
are unrealistic or extraordinary. You can only accomplish a certain
amount within any given time period.
- Don't burden yourself with unrealistic resolutions that will spell failure.
Address: Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, Productivity Institute, 127 Jefferson St., Stratford, CT 06615; (203) 386-8062.