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Hailey’s New Year’s Resolution How-To Guide

Dreamers all over the globe have awaken to the New Year and several New Year’s resolutions.  Who will succeed?

I’ve compiled a list of tips, ideas, and quotes for goal-setting success.  Good luck at tackling you latest resolutions!

  • Goals should be SMART:

          S = specific

          M = measurable

          A = assignable (who does what)

          R = realistic

          T = time-related

  • “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” -George Washington Carver  Make a plan and stick with it!  Include others in your resolutions.  You’ll be less likely to quit your goals if it means you’ll be letting others down, too.
  • Don’t confuse routine with commitment.  Your goals have to a top priority if they are going to get accomplished.  Write down your goals, your plan, and your motivations down on a piece of paper or on your phone, and keep these notes with you at all times!  By keeping your goals with you, you’ll be constantly reminded of your commitment to yourself.
  • “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” -Anonymous  This idea is pretty self-explanatory, but it is key to remember that dreams will not come true if you keep taking “shortcuts”.  To prevent yourself from “cheating” on your goals, include weekly rewards that are worthwhile.  If your goal is strictly long-term, you may lose interest, regardless of how much your goal means to you.  Be sure to make yourself earn these goals to ensure progress as opposed to setbacks.
  • “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” -Jack Kinder  Keep yourself on track while having fun!
  • “It’s not where your dreams take you.  It’s where you take your dreams.” This is one of my faves!
  • “Organize your life around your dreams - and watch them come true.” I’ll leave you with this parting thought!

Attainable New Year’s Resolutions

Not only are these “attainable”, they’re also really funny. I think I’m going to adopt some of these as my New Year’s Resolutions… ;)

  • Gain weight. At least 30 pounds.
  • Stop exercising. Waste of time.
  • Read less. Makes you think.
  • Watch more TV. I’ve been missing some good stuff.
  • Procrastinate more. Starting tomorrow.
  • Spend more time at work, surfing with the T1.
  • Take a vacation to someplace important: like, to see the largest ball of twine.
  • Not jump off a cliff just because everyone else did.
  • Stop bringing lunch from home: I should eat out more.
  • Not have eight children at once.
  • Get in a whole NEW rut!
  • Start being superstitious.
  • Personal goal: bring back disco.
  • Not bet against the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Buy an ‘83 Eldorado and invest in a really loud stereo system.
  • Get the windows tinted. Buy some fur for the dash.
  • Speak in a monotone voice and only use monosyllabicwords.
  • Only wear jeans that are 2 sizes too small and use a chain or rope for a belt.
  • Spend my summer vacation in Cyberspace.
  • Not eat cloned meat.
  • Create loose ends.
  • Get more toys.
  • Get further in debt.
  • Not believe politicians.
  • Not drive a motorized vehicle across thin ice.
  • Avoid transmission of inter-species diseases.
  • Avoid airplanes that spontaneously drop 1000 feet.
  • Stay off the International Space Station.
  • Not swim with piranhas or sharks.
  • Associate with even worse business clients.
  • Spread out priorities beyond my ability to keep track of them.
  • Wait around for opportunity.
  • Focus on the faults of others.
  • Mope about my faults.
  • Never make New Year’s resolutions again.

This “list” was found here.

Wow! Time sure does fly by…

I woke up, and realized today was the 30th of December. Yikes! That means… that… tomorrow… is New Year’s Eve! *Gasp* Where did the year go? Who knows… but I’d say for the most part, my year was well spent. How about you? Well, I thought that it would be fun to post a Countdown clock for the New Year, so here it is:

Countdown Clocks

So, are you looking forward to 2009? Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? (I don’t think Garfield does…) How about any Traditions for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s day? Looking back on 2008, what’s your favorite memory (or memories) of the year?

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