Mind Your Manners 

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New Year's resolutions run the gamut

by Donna Paige Riley

Now that the fast pace of the holiday season is behind us, we can begin focusing on the New Year. “Out with the old, in with the new” is what we often say. Most people make some sort of New Year's resolution. What will be on your New Year's resolution list?

Compare your list to the following top 10 resolutions:

  • Lose weight

  • Begin an exercise program (and stick to it more than three months)

  • Spend more quality time with your family

  • Study more

  • Find a new job or change careers

  • Get better grades

  • Purchase a new home

  • Purchase a new automobile

  • Travel more

  • Take better care of yourself

Need more?

If you haven't completed your list yet why not consider adding a few of the following:

  • Be more grateful

  • Live daily by the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do unto you or Treat others the way you want to be treated)

  • Be more positive

  • Be more polite to others

  • Be more cheerful. Do not let anyone take your joy(especially since they did not give it to you)

  • Be more patient

  • Pray and meditate more

  • Be more responsible

  • Volunteer to help others less fortunate

  • Be less critical and judgmental

  • Be more helpful

If you are a visual person, consider creating a vision or faith board. Use photos, and list affirmations you will be able to see every day.

Resolutions are only achieved when a continuous effort is made. It is very common to make a New Year's resolution at the beginning of the year and by March or April, it's forgotten. You must first develop a plan and stick to it. If you do the same things this year as you did last year you will get the same results. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Be sure to work toward your resolution(s) a little each day.

Keep a journal of your progress. At the end of each month reward yourself when you are on track. If you aren't, evaluate why and keep trying. Consult with your family and friends to see if they have made similar resolutions. If so, create a contest with them and schedule regular check in points. Positive challenges can be fun, keep you on your toes and help you achieve your goals.

Why not make this year the best year ever by simply being the best you can be. Have a blessed and Happy New Year! 

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