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Dec 20, 2012

Resolving To Make Positive Resolutions

By Jaclyn Branch

The time of resolution-making is just around the corner. These few weeks before the New Year are when people overindulge and begin to tally the vices they will curb at the strike of midnight on December 31st. All too often these resolutions seem more like punishments than positive goals. Things like: “I’m going on a diet. I’m going to the gym 5 days a week. I’m going to stop watching my guilty pleasure TV show” all have a negative sound to them.

I propose a slightly different method.   Much like the work/life balance HR departments encourage in their organizations, there should be a little more permission in our resolutions. It may be a semantics game, but balancing out our resolutions might help the resolution-makers stick to their pronouncements. So instead of saying, “I am completely giving up desserts next year,” why not profess that you are eating dessert on Fridays as a reward for a week of hard work. Say you’ll watch season two of Gray’s Anatomy while at the gym instead of cutting it out altogether. It may not seem like much, but perhaps giving permission instead of punishment might be a good set-up for success. If you are at a loss for resolution ideas, I’ve posted a couple links below that might help inspire a happier and healthier 2013.

Do you have any positive resolutions for the New Year? Let us know in the comments below!

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