Now is the Perfect Time to Set Those New Year’s Resolutions
By Della Menechella

             Most people wait until the beginning of a new year to re-evaluate their lives and decide what things they would like to change.  They are in a mindset to make positive strides forward and as a way to accomplish this they set resolutions.  This is a wonderful idea.  Individuals should periodically take stock of their lives and decide what things they are satisfied with and which things they would like to change.  However, they don’t have to wait until a new year begins before they go through this valuable assessment.  Even though we are well into this year, now is the perfect time to set New Year’s resolutions.

             Here are some ideas that can help you put those New Year’s resolutions into practice.

             Give Up the Blame Game – Many of us are very self-critical about the things that we haven’t changed.  I should have lost weight already, I should have started taking more positive action to move my career forward, I should have begun working on that project months ago.  No amount of regret is going to return that lost time to us.  When we are caught up in the vicious cycle of self-blame, we waste valuable energy that could be put to better use.  Instead of worrying about the past, focus on the present and the future.

             What Has Occurred That Could Fuel Your Success? - Sometimes delays can be valuable to us.  They provide us with those things that are necessary to assure our success.  Maybe in the months since New Year’s came and left, you met someone who can help you achieve your goal.  Maybe you learned job skills that provided you with the knowledge that you needed to apply for that new position.   Maybe you finally decided that you‘ve had enough with the status quo and are seriously ready to make a change  -- permanently.  Think about what has transpired over the past several months and ask yourself how this can help lead to your success.

             Pick One Resolution and Break It Down Into Bite Sized PiecesMany people fail at resolutions because they try to change too many things at the same time.  I want to lose weight, stop smoking, and learn to relax, and I want to do them all now.  While those are all lofty goals, if you tried to accomplish them all at the same time you would probably go on stress overload and give up trying to achieve any of them.  Pick one goal and break it down into manageable pieces.  If you want to lose weight, start by adding a walk after dinner.  As you do that on a regular basis, you can begin to cut down on portion sizes.  Then you can start to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and eat less meat.  Make the changes easy on yourself and you are more likely to stick with them.

             Find a Support Network Even those of us who have the best intentions often meet stumbling blocks that leave us ready to give up in total defeat.  To be ready for those inevitable times, set up a network of trusted friends who will be there for you when you are ready to jump ship.  If the job interview falls through and you feel like you will be stuck in your current position forever, call an unwavering supporter who will tell you that you have what it takes to succeed and will help you get back on track.  Being prepared for potential obstacles gives us the ammunition to overcome them.

           Imagine Your Success Take time each day to live your success in your mind.  When we can feel the rewards of success before we have actually achieved it, it will help to keep our minds focused, our actions targeted, and our spirits high.

           Instead of waiting several months before you set your New Year’s resolutions, you can do it right now.  Take action now and when the New Year rolls around you won’t just be beginning your journey, you will be toasting your wonderful success. 

Della Menechella is a speaker and trainer who helps organizations achieve greater success by improving the performance of their people.  She is a contributing author to Thriving in the Midst of Change and the author of the videotape The Twelve Commandments of Goal Setting. She can be reached at 732-985-1919 or  Subscribe to free Peak Performance Pointers e-zine - send blank e-mail to

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