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10 Tips for Living Your Resolutions

December 31, 2010

Living Your Resolutions:

In Steve’s post this past Wednesday, the focus was on renewal and rejuvenation, themes that are at the fore of our minds as we prepare for the New Year. We eagerly approach this evening and the year to follow with worthy resolutions, visions and dreams. We are inspired to reach new heights and new goals. What a testament to the human soul that we are capable of this kind of renewal.

The question, however, may be percolating in the background: “How can I keep the fire of my inspiration alive in the weeks and months that follow the New Year?”

If you’ve had disappointments when trying to make changes in your life, regardless of the arena, underneath your excitement you may have reached the point where you believe that change – real change – simply is not possible. You may be asking, “What makes me think that this time I will be able to break through and transform myself?”

With these questions in mind, below are ten tips to guide you as you embark on achieving your New Year’s visions. Following these suggestions will help you to achieve the goals and visions you have set forth for yourself for the New Year:

  1. Make an action plan. Design a plan that is achievable, even if it is a stretch for you.
  2. Place a copy of your plan somewhere in plain view where you can look at it often.
  3. Put your plan into action. We cannot express enough the importance of this step.
  4. As you begin, it is likely that you will experience both successes and setbacks. Congratulations on the successes! Have compassion for yourself as you wrangle with the obstacles and disappointments of the setbacks.
  5. Note that the word compassion includes the word “compass.” Keep to your direction as you follow your path to your goal(s).
  6. You will not realize your vision instantly. This does not mean you are not succeeding. The accomplishments we value most usually take time and substantial effort to achieve.
  7. Change requires persistence. Regardless of the setbacks you may encounter, keep stepping, and you will eventually see results, even if subtle.
  8. Subtle results are indeed results. Even the smallest milestones indicate forward movement.
  9. Look to your friends and peers to cheer you on. They can be your best support when your willpower is tested.
  10. Acknowledge yourself often for committing to your vision, and reward yourself and celebrate your successes.

Feel free to print these tips and place them with your action plan so you have a constant reminder that can help keep you on task.

We wish you a healthy New Year, one in which you find meaning and fulfill yourself with committed action that inspires you and those around you to flourish.

Robin Damsky and Steve Weitzenkorn

Robin Damsky is the rabbi of West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, Illinois, and co-author of Find-Fulfill-Flourish: Discover Your Purpose with LifePath GPS – a book, website, tools, and workshop series focused on guiding people toward more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Steve Weitzenkorn, Ph.D., is a learning innovator, organizational advisor, experienced facilitator, and lead author of Find-Fulfill-Flourish: Discover Your Purpose with LifePath GPS – a book, tool kit, and workshop series focused on guiding people toward more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2011 8:54 am

    I like the idea of small milestones and having your plan in plain view…maybe that’s what I need to do to make some positive changes in my life 🙂 thanks for this post!

    • January 19, 2011 11:07 am

      I’m glad this post was helpful. Wishing you the best.


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