NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS: I have some statistics and ideas to succeed – here’s my list!*” – (Update 2012)

Vol. 2,  No. 32, January 1st, 2012
TITLE: “New Year’s Resolutions: I have some statistics and ideas to SUCCEED – here’s my list!*”(Update 2012)
 
INTRODUCTION

This week, I will present my annual post on New Year’s resolutions along with an update.  I am pleased that you came by to take a look? Who knows, it might give you a boost for a change for the better? My book of the week still is: “Resolutions That Work: How to make & keep New Years resolutions” [Paperback] by Serge Prengel. My topic is succeeding at New Year’s resolutions.  My bonus book for this week is: “The Art of The Fresh Start: How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for a Lifetime”  [Paperback] by Glenna Salsbury (Author) 
PREVIEW:   Next week, l will talk about physical fitness. After the holidays most of us have gained a pound or two.  It’s that time of the year when most people are thinking about getting fit. Why don’t you join us?  (Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series.)

 MY LIFE & TIMES*

New Year’s resolutions work for me. One year, then newly alone, I was VERY determined to start a social life. I needed to find single acquaintances.  I made a few resolutions; and I figured out how to achieve them.  I called a few people and started the ball rolling.  And in a short while, I had a whole new group of unmarried friends.
 
This year, my New Year’s resolutions are to eat properly and be fit.  Seeing my mother in such poor health has made me realize how important one’s health is.  Being active is just as necessary as eating properly.  I am now more conscience of preparing daily healthier meals.
 
THE AUTHOR: Serge Prengel
Serge Prengel graduated from France’s Sorbonne University and HEC Business School. He started and operated an ad agency in New York for many years. In the early 1990’s, his shifted gears. He is a “Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist- Focusing Trainer”. His clinical training is in Somatic Experiencing and Core Energetics. He is licensed by N.Y. State and he works in New York City. His FOT Specialty areas are: trauma, adults, body Psychotherapy and couples. His other specialty areas are: anger management and life coaching. He is all for the life changes that one may want. He aims to set off your creative juices. His hope is to foster new perspectives leading to the new you.  He uses the occasion of New Year’s and the popular pastime of making resolutions. He wants you to succeed at your resolutions. He has a strategy; and he really believes that if you follow his suggestions, you can bring about personal improvement and real change.
 
SERIES/COLLECTION
His books include:
  • “Self leadership workbook”
  • “Feel Heard – Not Hurt!  Proactive Couples Communication Workbook”
  • “Commitment phobia woirkbook”
  • “The Cat & The Box: A fable about feeling stuck”

THE BOOK: “Resolutions That Work: How to make & keep new years resolutions” [Paperback] by Serge Prengel
This book is VERY short and sweet. The author is a man of a few words, but he makes do with less. He recognizes the internal conflict between the old you and the new you. He is very efficient in the communication of his three principles. According to him, embrace his program and you will get to the promised land of a better you and a better life.

BONUS BOOK: “The Art of The Fresh Start: How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for a Lifetime” [Paperback] by Glenna Salsbury (Author)

AUTHOR(bonus Book): Glenna Salsbury
For over 20 years, Glenna Salsbury has been a speaker and motivational coach.. She is one the very good ones, being a member of the National Speakers Associatio and holding the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, and the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE).
 

SERIES/COLLECTION

Her books include:

 
THE BOOK: “The Art of The Fresh Start: How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for a Lifetime” [Paperback] by Glenna Salsbury (Author)
Your life is a ‘masterpiece’ and you are the artist who can make it the beautiful piece of work that it can be.  Her simple truth is that you’re not going to change if you don’t want to change. Said another way, if you don’t dream of the change and it is not perceived as something of an added value, it won’t happen.  She has an approach. She explains it. She intends that you have the tools to achieve true realizable change. Insight into your value system is key and motivation is an important factor. This book can be part of the solution. Pick it up if you dare. 
 
CONCLUSION:
It is usual for one to want to improve oneself and one’s life. However, it is noteworthy when one really tries to do it. And it is exceptional when someone actually accomplishes it.
 
My personal comments
I desire to better myself as a person and improve my life. On January 1st, like most people, I set some goals and make New Year’s resolutions. I know that if I set my sights too high, 
 
I might not get there. I also confess that I don’t always follow through. Although I may not reach my goals, I still achieve something. In any event, I also subscribe to the credo of a good friend who says, “Aim for the stars and hit the sky!*”
 
In my view, making New Year’s resolutions is a great custom.  With this exercise, one gains, not only the betterment, but also, an overall positive feeling of self empowerment and satisfaction. As a further bonus, one may have some fun while getting there.
It might even change your life. And you could also become a better person.
 The point
A personal renewal project is a perfect perennial. Everyone should take advantage of the opportunity. It pays dividends. Let’s do it! Here are some how-to suggestions.
 

ANTOINETTE’S TIP SHEET*
A person wishing to make and accomplish a successful resolution should:
1. Examine the past year and try to figure out:
(a) “What could have gone better?”
(b) “What is causing you dissatisfaction?”
(c) “What quality being exhibited is holding you back?”
(d) “What new skill set may propel you to the next level?”
2. Leave behind any negativity that might be felt- don’t beat yourself up; instead,
2.1 Forgive yourself;
2.2 Learn from the mistakes made and move on, all the while, ensuring that you do NOT repeat the same errors.
3. Start the New Year on a positive note, striving for more;
4.Enunciate goals for the coming year and to this end,
4.1 Choose a subject area (see the above Heading, “Popular New Year’s resolutions”, for examples.) – remember you cannot do it all and you have to start somewhere.
4.2 Prioritize – determine what area is more important to your overall success and focus on that!
4.3 Address a particular aspect, be it small or big; then, aim to correct it;
4.4 Be reasonable in your expectations, in this regard,
4.4.1 Recognize that what you set as your goal will impact upon whether you fail and the extent achieved.
4.4.2 Don’t start what you do not intend to finish.
4.5 Strive to make progress gradually – don’t try to do it ‘cold turkey’ … all at once!
4.6 Tell family members about your ambitions – they will be your ardent fans…more impotantly, they will be a built-in support group;
5. Make an action plan to achieve each sub-resolution – this means a timeline for each ‘baby step’;
6. Set small goals that are attainable – break the goals down into small quantifiable ‘baby steps’; this is key to your rate of success; making each into realistic sub-resolutions; (say, for example, if you want to read 10 books, make each book a sub- resolution.)
7. Be kind to yourself; more precisely,
7.1 Forgive your indiscretions on route to the achievement of your ‘baby steps;
7.2 Reward yourself with a small treat after accomplishing each sub-resolution; this is essential in providing immediate gratification and encouraging you to look to the next sub-resolution;
8. Be conscious of the power of attitude; whatever you do,
8.1 Go into this with the right frame of mind:  you will get it done, no excuses.
8.2 Do this with gusto – never take a “whatever-will-be … will-be” approach; this spells certain defeat.
8.3 Understand the word, “persistence” –  show it!
9. Aim for the finish line; and when it is in view,
9.1 Steel your resolve;
9.2 Look into yourself for that additional effort and boost of adrenalin to push you across to victory;

 Cheers – In the new year, please have the new you call the new me and we’ll do lunch*
And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
ALP
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
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ANNEX I: NEED SOMETHING FURTHER? TRY AN ANECDOTE OR A QUOTE:
 

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Resolution
One New Year’s day, while serving as State Department spokesperson, Bernard Kalb made a public resolution to be “candid, frank, useful and constructive”. Shortly thereafter, a reporter presented Kalb with his first question of the new year. His reply? “I have nothing that I can offer you on that.”
(Source: Anecdotage) –
S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Biting Demands…
On the eve of the Millennium, “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker made an unusual New Year’s resolution: to stop chewing on the inside of her own mouth – a nasty habit which often left her inner cheeks bitten, blistered and bloody. Did Parker keep her resolution? Alas, no. It “bit the dust” a mere 20 minutes into 2001.
(Source: Anecdotage) – 
S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Dan Miller: New Year’s Resolution
O-Town’s Dan Miller was once asked whether he had made any New Year’s resolutions. Yes, he replied: “To learn how to play bass… I set realistic resolutions. I’d never try something absurd, like giving up chocolate.”
(Source: Anecdotage) – 
S & R* QUOTE #1: Charles Dickens
I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.
(Source: 
http://www.wisdomquotes.com/)
S & R* QUOTE #2: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago,
And etched on vacant places
Are half-forgotten faces
Of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know.
“Christmas Fancies” – Poems of Power
(Source: 
http://www.wisdomquotes.com/)
S & R* QUOTE #3: Pauline Kael
Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.
(Source: 
http://www.wisdomquotes.com/)
ANNEX II
SCHEDULE I
“IT WORDS FOR ME!*”
For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “New Year’s Resolutions”, “commitment”, etc.
New Year’s Resolutions
“New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible. There are religious parallels to this secular tradition. People may act similarly during the Christian fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’swrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year’s_resolution

Commitment
“Commitment means to show loyalty, duty or pledge to something or someone, and can refer to: Personal commitment, interaction dominated by obligations. These obligations may be mutual, or self-imposed, or explicitly stated, or may not. Distinction is often made between commitment as a member of an organization (such as a sporting team, a religion, or as an employee), and a personal commitment, which is often a pledge or promise to ones’ self for personal growth.”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commitment
 
SCHEDULE II
STUDY/STATISTICS:
 
Bonus fact #1: Success rate
“Recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set, such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.[3].”
(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year’s_resolution

Bonus fact #2: Top 5 resolutions by SlideShare survey
For the year 2012, the top 5 resolutions, as identified by a SlideShare survey [4] are:
• Be financially-savvy
• Read at least one book per month
• Eat properly
• Get enough sleep
• Keep a journal of awesome moments
(Source: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year’s_resolution

)
Bonus fact #3: What are the popular New Year’s resolutions?
Here are several:
•Drink Less Alcohol
•Get a Better Education
•Get a Better Job
•Get Fit
•Lose Weight
•Manage Debt
•Manage Stress
•Quit Smoking Now
•Save Money
•Take a Trip
•Volunteer to Help Others
(Source:USA.gov; government made easy) –
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New_Years_Resolutions.shtml
 
SCHEDULE III
 
S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1:  Keep finding little ways to brighten someone’s day
(NC) It doesn’t need to be January 1 to make a resolution. Each year many of us resolve to do something that improves our lives. And the good news is that doing little things for others often creates big results for all of us. In 2012, specialists say, if you resolve to pay-it-forward and look for those instances that will brighten someone else’s day, it will brighten yours too. Helping out and doing acts of good can lift your spirits, which impacts your well-being and mood, and in turn, can positively impact those around you, says psychotherapist Kimberly Moffit. Think about a time when someone did something nice or unexpected for you. You probably felt pretty great, but so did the person doing the good deed.This should come easily to Canadians, she says, since we are known for being polite and kind. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by LG Electronics, indicates that more than 90 per cent of Canadians would be willing to give a complete stranger 20 minutes to help move appliances and home electronics. Armed with this information and knowing that life’s good moments come from good acts, LG took to the streets to capture Canadians ‘doing good through staged moving scenarios in cities across Canada. Actors struggled to move appliances and home electronics on their own and appealed for help from passers-by. The result: many of us helped out, reinforcing our Canada the good reputation. This experiment showed that even though we’re busy, Canadians are still willing to help, Moffit pointed out. Let’s continue this tradition of kindness and look for opportunities to brighten someone’s day all year round.
www.newscanada.com
 
S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2: Resolutions for life Seven simple steps to better health – By: Jane-Diane Fraser
If you could add a decade or more of healthy years to your life, wouldn’t you grab the chance? The simple things can make the biggest difference, says
Heart and Stroke Foundation lecturer Dr. Clyde Yancy, adding that up to 80 per cent of premature heart disease is preventable.
Follow these seven simple steps to embrace your best health potential.
1. Get Active. Physical activity can be a lifesaver literally. Inactivity can shave almost four years off a person’s expected lifespan. People who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease or stroke.
2. Know and Control Cholesterol Levels. Almost 40 per cent of Canadian adults have high blood cholesterol. You can get your numbers on track by making healthy dietary changes, being active 30 to 60 minutes most days, achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight, and becoming tobacco-free.
3. Follow a Healthy Diet. Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health yet about half of Canadians don’t meet the healthy eating recommendations. The Foundation recommends that adults eat seven or more vegetables and fruit every day. Canadians can find healthy
eating tips and recipes at healthcheck.org.
4. Know and Control Blood Pressure. By knowing and controlling your blood pressure, you can cut your risk of stroke by up to 40 per cent and heart attack by up to 25 per cent.
5. Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your heart health.
Being obese can reduce your life span by almost four years.
6. Manage Diabetes. By 2016 an estimated 2.4 million Canadians will live with diabetes. Diabetes increases the risk of high blood pressure, narrowing of the arteries, coronary artery disease, and stroke, particularly if your blood sugar levels are poorly controlled.
7. Be Tobacco-free. More than 37,000 Canadians die prematurely each year due to tobacco use, and almost 8,000 non-smokers die each year from exposure to second-hand smoke. As soon as you become tobacco-free, your risk of heart disease and stroke begins to decrease. After 15 years your risk will be nearly that of a non-smoker. Healthy living is key to preventing heart disease and stroke, says Bobbe Wood, president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Foundation is committed to raising awareness about heart health and helping Canadians live longer, healthier lives. Canadians can take a personalized My Heart&Stroke Risk Assessment to find out how their age, family history, and medical conditions affect their heart health at heartandstroke.ca/risk.
www.newscanada.com

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