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New Year, New You: 5 Resolutions for Success

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Guest Contributor

It’s no secret that most people approach New Year’s resolutions with a mixture of wildly fantastical notions about how to improve their lives, as well as a healthy dose of skepticism pertaining to their ability (or willingness) to actually follow through.  We all want to make changes, and a fresh start that coincides with a brand new year seems like an opportune time to do so.  But the problems that many people face are twofold: firstly, they set unrealistic goals, and secondly, they lack the proper motivation carry them out.  However, if you start by not only setting goals that are quantifiable and then listing the steps required to achieve them, you will be well on your way to success in your endeavors.  And for women seeking to improve and enhance both their personal and professional lives, there are a few resolutions that will help you get there.

1.  Get fit.  Most women resolve to lose weight in the New Year, but a better goal is to get fit.  Don’t rely so heavily on the scale (no pun intended) when it comes to improving your overall health.  Instead, focus on an exercise regimen that is simple and comprehensive along with a diet that incorporates healthy foods but doesn’t require you to give up too much.  Finding a plan that works with your lifestyle will be much easier to stick to and leave you feeling and looking better for life.

2.  Learn basic money management.  The first step to becoming financially successful is knowing how to manage your money, especially since many adults don’t even know how to balance a checkbook!  So find a class at your local continuing education center or a community college that can teach you how to set a budget, save money, manage accounts, and even invest wisely.  This, more than anything, will ensure that your finances are in order and you have a lifelong plan that leaves you prepared to face retirement down the road.

3. Expand your vocabulary.  Remember those lists of vocab you had to memorize all through grade school (and even beyond)?  Just because you’re out of school doesn’t mean you should neglect your ongoing education.  You could peruse the dictionary and pick a word a week, then use it in everyday conversation, or simply go to a “word a day” website like Wordsmith to receive new words by daily email.  This practice will keep your brain sharp and help you improve your vital communication skills.

4. Network in new ways.  In business (and sometimes in life) networking is not only advisable, but necessary for success.  So stay on top of callbacks and communicate regularly with both clients and business partners.  If you find that you don’t have time for long-winded phone conversations, take advantage of the many new technologies available to help your business, from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to industry blogs and forums.

5.  Make time for yourself.  Presenting the best version of yourself is only possible if you take the time to ensure that you are healthy and well, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  So find some time for rest and relaxation amongst the many demands of your day and you’ll discover energy reserves you never knew you had.


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