Auld Lang Syne (lyrics and MIDI - both popular and original version)
New Year's Resolutions
How to Make a New Year's Resolution
1. Be realistic by setting achievable goals. For example, "winning the lottery" is not an achievable goal.
2. Describe your resolutions in specific terms. Instead of "I don't want to be lazy," go for something like "I want to exercise regularly" or "I will cut down on my television watching."
3. Break down large goals into smaller ones. For instance, instead of saying, "I will lose weight", make your goal to join a gym or Y, and to improve your eating habits.
4. Find alternatives to a behavior that you want to change, and make this part of your resolution plan. So you want to quit smoking but you smoked to relax yourself? What other forms of relaxation are available to you? Make a plan.
5. Above all, aim for things that are truly important to you.
How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
1. Don't aim higher than what is achievable. You are only setting yourself up for failure and will quit. For instance, don't say, "I will lose 35 lbs. by April 30th." Set a realistic goal instead.
2. Don't overload yourself with too many Resolutions/Goals. You'll only feel overwhelmed.
3. Tell others your Resolution.
4. Take baby steps. Set a small goal, make it, then set another one. For instance, if you want to lose weight, consider losing ten pounds at a time.
5. Reward yourself (in some way other than breaking the resolution!) with little rewards from time to time.
6. Don't worry if you have a setback. Pick yourself up and try again!
7. If you are tempted to give up, remind yourself why you started in the first place.
8. Consider using a buddy system. Find a friend who wants to work on the Resolution/Goal with you.
9. Consider joining a support group of like minded people. (ie, AA, the gym, a class, etc)
10. If you can't find a group in your area with goals similar to your own, consider going online and finding a chat room, or even starting one.
What is your New Year's Resolution? Take the time to make one if you want to!
QUITNET.com (an interactive community smoking cessation site)
Gospel reading: Luke 2:41-52