Turn Resolutions into Reality

Published Thursday, January 06, 2011 3:10 PM

If you are like most of America, you make the same resolutions year in and year out. Tired of making and breaking the same resolutions year after year? Don't give up: turn resolutions into reality with our round-up of expert advice from across the web.

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Author of the best-selling book The Happiness Project Gretchin Rubin knows a thing or two about sticking to resolutions. Rubin spent an entire year adhering to a self-designed program to boost her overall happiness. Top tips for stick-to-it-ness from the happiness guru include holding yourself accountable (by publically sharing your resolutions with others) and only making pleasant resolutions, aka, commit to doing what you love and are passionate about. For more of Rubin's resolution tips read How to stick to your New Year's resolutions - 12 tips. 

Plan to Succeed

Oprah.com contributing health writer and author of Smoke Free in 30 Days Dr. Daniel Seidman turns the art of resolution making into a science, with four concrete steps for smoking cessation that can be applied to goal setting generally. Resolutions that require lifestyle overhauls need a concrete plan, not merely wishful thinking. For Seidman's four steps read Putting More Resolve into New Year's Resolutions. 

Planning, Take Two

Financial writer and Wall Street Journal reporter Brett Arrends echoes the notion that achieving resolution success requires planning in his recent article How to Get Financially Fit in the New Year. Arrends lays out a 12-month plan that requires equal parts big picture thinking and small bore tweaks. While Arrends concentrates on finances, the overall organizational model could apply to other goals.

The Psychology of Success

Why is it that some people can make resolutions stick and other can't? NPR host of Talk of the Nation Ira Flatow sat down with clinical psychologist Dr. John Norcross to learn how some people make resolutions work year after year. Norcross cites realistic goal setting as one criterion for success, another is using the buddy system. For more tips, listen to their conversation at the hyperlink How To Make New Year's Resolutions Stick. 

Looking for Inspiration?

Still feeling ho hum about your chances of sticking to your resolutions? Perhaps you need some resolution inspiration to get you fired up. Inc.com takes an interesting look at the resolutions of seven CEOs running cutting edge companies and brands. Read on for resolution inspiration: 7 CEOs Share Their New Year's Resolutions for 2010 .

Best of luck with your resolutions in 2011!

by Carly Fadako


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