Wednesday, December 31, 2003

making effective new year's resolutions

Neil Eskelin offers the following five keys to making and keeping effective resolutions:

The resolutions you make for the coming year should not be the result of a hasty thought or spur-of-the-moment decision. Start thinking about your commitments now. And when you finally declare them, treat them as final:

1. Only make long-term commitments. Helen Keller once said, “We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”

2. Be sure your resolutions are your own, not those of someone else. More than two millenniums ago, Euripedes wrote, “The wisest men follow their own direction.”

3. Don’t abandon your resolution when trouble comes. The great inventor, Charles F. Kettering, stated, “No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.”

4. Make your resolutions final. Here’s the path taken by president Harry Truman: “Once a decision was make, I did not worry about it afterward.”

5. Finally be sure your resolutions become part of your daily life. I like the words of Charles Millhuff: “Life’s circumstances are created by three basic choices: the disciplines you choose to keep, the people you choose to be with, and the laws you choose to obey.”

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