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The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 1            January 3, 2008

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Private Investigator: New Years Resolutions
Q: I hear everyone talking about resolutions. What are the most popular ones? Do people actually keep them or are there tips to ensuring that you meet your goals?

A: Prior to the countdown on New Year’s Eve, many were thinking ahead and trying to decide what would be their goals for 2008. Below are a few from people we met on the street:

Amarilis Peña - Stop partying too much and stay home with family more.

Yadira Jones - I want betterment in life. I want people to be cool, calm and collected that way I can work less hours as a Tourism Officer.

Taylor Bailey and Jason Williams - We haven’t really made one. We don’t do those.

Miguel Martinez – Go back to school. I want to be a different person. I am learning bartending as an apprentice, and I definitely want to finish it.

Ismael Lisbey – Be a better person and thing.

Jorge Santos – To know the Lord much better.

Marvin and Eustace Vernon – Get rich quick. (laughs) We want to have a successful season with no natural disasters.

Some people believe that making resolutions gives you an incentive to effect change. However, there are some tips. There is a right way and a wrong way to make a New Year’s resolution. Here are a few expert tips to see that your resolution actually makes a difference:

1. Create a Plan

    Setting a goal without formulating a plan is merely wishful thinking. In order for your resolution to have resolve, (as the word “resolution” implies), it must translate into clear steps that can be put into action. A good plan will tell you A) What to do next and B) What are all of the steps required to complete the goal.

2. Create Your Plan IMMEDIATELY

    If you’re like most people, then you’ll have a limited window of opportunity during the first few days of January to harness your motivation. After that, most people forget their resolutions completely.

    It is imperative that you begin creating your plan immediately.

3. Write Down Your Resolution and Plan

    Many programs exists to help you formulate a plan, and then help you stick to them. But even if you don’t use any of them, commit your resolution and plan to writing someplace, such as a notebook or journal.

4. Think “Year Round,” Not Just New Year’s

    Nothing big gets accomplished in one day. Resolutions are set in one day, but accomplished with a hundred tiny steps that happen throughout the year. New Year’s resolutions should be nothing more than a starting point. You must develop a ritual or habit for revisiting your plan

    And finally...

5. Remain Flexible

    Expect that your plan can and will change. Life has a funny way of throwing unexpected things at us, and flexibility is required to complete anything but the simplest goal. Sometimes the goal itself will even change. Most of all, recognize partial successes at every step along the way. Just as a resolution isn’t accomplished the day it’s stated, neither is it accomplished the day you reach your goal. Rather, it’s accomplished in many small increments along the way. Acknowledge these incremental successes as they come.

    Good luck and may your resolutions be met for 2008.
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