Making a Better New Year

It’ seems almost unbelievable that we’re heading into 2018! It seems as if we just got used to writing ‘2017’ on letters and checks, and now we have to learn to add another year to our total.

As we get ready for another trip around the sun, many of us look at the new year as a new start to some of the things we want to do, we’d like to do or we wish we could do.

The New York Times recently had an article on how to make, and keep a resolution. First, make sure that you set a realistic goal. Sometimes, according to the article, we make a resolution based on what someone else wants us to be or do. Our goals should be SMART—and that’s an acronym for “Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound.”

Other tips? Make sure you have a plan to change a behavior, break a habit or reach a goal. Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit” and a former New York Times writer, says in the article to create a plan, then reward yourself once you see that plan through.

Look, there’s no magical change that happens when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, but it’s a good benchmark for all of us to take a look at how we can make 2018 even better. Want to learn more about getting, setting and achieving goals? Read the article at

As we head through the rest of the holidays into the new year, my family and I want to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons and the very best for the New Year. We’ll see you in 2018!

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One Comment

  1. Melissa Messenger

    Great Article as always! 2018 is a big year and I look forward to celebrating with you! Happy Holidays!

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