We found a list of the thirteen most popular New Year’s resolutions. It’s a great page full of links to tips on how to keep them.
The list itself doesn’t contain any real surprises:
- lose weight
- manage debt
- save money
- get a better job
- get fit
- eat right
- get a better education
- drink less alcohol
- quit smoking now
- reduce stress overall
- reduce stress at work
- take a trip
- volunteer to help others
As we discussed this list, we realized that there is one word that can often make all the difference in keeping our resolutions.
That word is … No!
You can’t keep putting yourself, or your goals, on the back burner and expect anything to change. You have to say, “No!”
Say no to everything that doesn’t help you achieve your goals.
Say no and get fit
For example, assume your resolution is to “Get fit.” Depending on your commute to your preferred fitness center, it will take at least an hour every time you work out.
But it’s really important to you so you’re going to make time to do it.
Then a co-worker or a friend asks you to serve on a committee or join a club that has weekly meetings. Just say No!
Your “No” doesn’t have to be forever. It just has to be for right now while you fit (pun intended) exercise in your daily routine. Once you’ve made it a habit, then you can consider something else.
Say no and get out of debt
Another common resolution is to “Manage debt.” Of course, the first step is to stop getting further in debt.
Since this is really important to you, you’ll find ways to control your spending.
Two common things that hurt our budgets are major purchases and daily decisions. Get in the habit of saying no to things you don’t need so you stop getting further in debt and save money to pay your debt down.
No – it’s a negative word that will positively help you reach your goals!
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We really appreciate you checking in on us today. Next week, we’ll look at what’s hot in 2009. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!
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