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Why I Prefer Reviews to Resolutions

“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.”

~Author Unknown

Greetings! I hope you had a meaningful Christmas with your family.  I enjoy the calm between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a time to rest, regroup, and look forward to the year ahead.

Like many people, I set goals for the coming year, but prefer not to call them resolutions. From what I’ve seen, resolutions produce short bursts of effort rather than lasting life change. A pledge to lose weight might motivate you to hit the gym for a few weeks, but by March a busy schedule and drive thru diet will defeat your good intentions.

Instead, I use the new year to evaluate my life in light of my long term goals. I focus on making mid-course corrections, rather than dramatic changes that are unlikely to last. I’ve found that spending an hour answering a few powerful questions accomplishes more than a resolution ever could. These are some of the questions I will use to review my year and set goals for 2012:

  • What 2-3 themes define 2011 for me?
  • What life lessons did I learn this year that I want to remember for the year ahead?
  • What are my BIG goals or priorities for 2012 and beyond?
  • As I move into 2012, am I spending my energy on things that drain me or things that energize me?

How about you? What strategies will you use to prepare for the year ahead?

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