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Let’s be honest: most of us fail when it comes to sticking to resolutions – so much so that many people swear never to make resolutions again.

And yet a large percent of us are eternally hopeful when the New Years come around, believing without any doubts that we can improve our lives, that change is possible, that we’re not going to be stuck in the same old groove again this year.

I’m here to tell you that you can do it. It’s possible. But on the flip-side, and from my own personal experience – New Year’s Resolutions usually fail because of a couple of reasons:

  • We try to do too many resolutions at once, and that spreads our focus and energies too thin.
  • Life gets in the way. Things come up unexpectedly that get in the way of us sticking with a habit.

While I love the hopefulness of New Year’s Resolutions, unfortunately, the enthusiasm and hope often become lighter within weeks, and our efforts at self improvement come to a whimpering end.

So how can you make sure you your Resolutions?

I believe if you truly want to make it easier and more enjoyable to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, start by focusing on one habit change at a time, and most importantly – start out really, really easily, so it isn’t intimidating.

How do you make sure you keep your Resolutions? Let’s hear them it in the comments.

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In less than four days the main Christmas holiday will be upon us, and already I have seen, to a great extent that this is still the season for “caring and sharing” even though the sharing portion might be a bit shortened this year by elections campaigns and that several countries suffering from extremely weakened economies.

Still, for the most part, there are several individuals, groups and organisations that continue to make the effort to ensure, especially, the less fortunate groups among us are given an opportunity to enjoy some of those things they would not have had access to during the rest of the year. I pray that the authorities and members of the general public seek to find ways in which they might be able to do more to assist those in the country who might not be able to assist themselves.

From caring and sharing to peace on earth and goodwill to all men, the lessons are there to be learnt. We do well at Christmas and possibly another time or two during the year but, for the most part, there is much to be desired and this holiday season should remind each of us of this and get us to move accordingly.

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2009 has already begun and you probably have your own ideas of some of the goals that you want to achieve during the New Year. Noticed I don’t say resolutions; personally I’m not big on resolutions. Every year around this time many Dominicans plan to make changes in the life, but after a month or two they’re back doing the same things.

There is nothing wrong with your list of resolutions, but you probably want to add a few things that will make the rest of your life better, and this time make it a goal – even if it’s the smallest goal. Chances are you’ll accomplish that goal.

Here are 3 things that you should consider adding that will benefit yourself:

Get rid of your loser friends – If is one problem we’ve in our Dominican society is kids keeping the wrong company.

Hanging around with people that bring you won’t do much for you, so might as well stop hanging around with them. Some of the qualities that these people usually have are: no motivation to make money, laziness, drug addictions and always having a negative attitude.

Stop judging people – its’ human nature for us to judge people by their looks, smell and even behavior. I even judge people, but we all need to stop. It doesn’t do any good to judge people, so why should we keep on doing it.

Love money and drive to earn more of it – I understand that you might think that money is not all in life, but in this hard economy times you need it to survive. With money you can give your kids the education they deserve and the experiences in life that you never had. You don’t have to be rich, but make sure you make enough money to live a comfortable life.

And last by not least, one more thing you should consider adding to your list that will benefit other people:

Support a Local cause – there are a lot of things out there that you can support, so stop wasting time and support one. For example I support the Dominica infirmary and whenever I can, I donate money to it. Even if you don’t have much money to donate to a cause, you can still donate your time.

Anyone have any other suggestions? Lets hear ‘em in the comments

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