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Every year just after Christmas, many of us start thinking about the new year and about what we want to do differently. The problem with making resolutions is that we don't normally have a plan to help us follow through.
"I'm going to finally stop smoking," you vow, as you throw your pack of cigarettes in the trash. Now what? It's been my experience than going cold turkey is more difficult way of going about it, when there are many other options to quitting smoking, which don't make the challenge seem so daunting.
There are other examples - losing weight, being more organized etc. - but if you don't have a plan, you won't get past the first few days of the challenge. The New Year is a good time to take inventory of your life. Is this thing working for me? If not, why not think about doing something different?
And remember, you don't need a new year to start a new goal. Making the changes to become a better person should become a way of life, and not something that happens just once a year.