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Terri Lee Cooper MSc. RSW NLP_M DCH  

St. Albert Medical Centre

Friday Ezine
Resolutions...at any time of the year

How do you feel about New Year's Resolutions? Some people LOVE creating intentions for the upcoming year while others poo-poo the practice. Personally I believe that as human beings we like to mark occasions. It seems to be in our nature to take note of milestones, whether it is a new calendar year, a birthday or anniversary ...you get the picture:) 

I make it a practice to review personal goals throughout the year. I generally have several projects on the go that require big time commitments and the acquisition of new skills. This means I need to manage my energy and focus. Taking time to review my progress throughout the year allows me to tweak a little here and there.

This ongoing assessment also helps me to stay aware about whether or not my goals are still relevant.  Sometimes we can be extremely stubborn about goals once we set them. Rather then being hell bent on a goal that requires significant time and energy, I find it useful to periodically look at my goals and decide whether or not they are still meaningful. 

1. I list goals from the previous year.

2. I get honest about which goals have been met and which were not met. 

3. I decide if the goals that were not met are still relevant. Those that are no longer relevant go to the junk bin. Goals that are still relevant get updated in terms of specific tasks and realistic deadlines. 

So simple. No drama and no kicking myself in the butt for the goals I did not reach. I am a curious experimenting learner. This way of looking at resolutions is realistic and fair. The intention is to support forward movement.

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