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Thought For The Day

New Years Achievements
By Catherine Pulsifer, 2008

The end of a year brings different thoughts to different people. To some, the thought of New Years Resolutions; to others, thoughts of reflections.

The New Year symbolizes the ending of one year and the beginning of yet another. We celebrate this event, yet it is only a moment in time, like any other day. As Hamilton Wright Mabie said, "New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights."

Many of us set resolutions only to be disappointed by not achieving them. Why do New Years Resolutions fail? Mainly, because they are only a statement, or what we wish for in the coming year. There are usually no action plans, no deadlines, no back up plans.

I was recently reading an article in our local paper that discussed not setting New Years Resolutions, but rather acknowledging your achievements of the past year. These thoughts reminded me of a quote by Ellen Goodman: "We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."

You may recognize some of the common resolutions: help others more; getting out of debt; lose weight, enjoy life more; spend more time with family; quit smoking or drinking; organization of home or office; get fit; learn something new; get a better job.

Looking at the common resolutions acknowledge the things you have done. After the holidays are over then you may want to look at setting your goals for the coming year. When setting your goals, don't forget to develop your action plans with deadlines. You will accomplish so much more if you just enjoy the New Year, recognize your success rather than setting a resolution that you may never achieve. Celebrate New Years with a new beginning


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