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Dear Friends,

With the New Year approaching, you have likely been thinking about grand (and dare I say unachievable!) goals. You insist that losing 40 pounds will be the perfect resolution. 

You have just fallen into the New Year’s resolution trap.

You make some giant goal and fail to keep it because it is unrealistic. You’re not alone; by February, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned. Why? Because people make big, unachievable goals that they can’t possibly live up to, rather than taking small steps to change their lifestyles. If instead of lose 40 pounds, your goal was to eat desserts only on weekends and hit the gym three days a week, you could stick to it.

Below are some sample goals for each life slice — all are tangible and achievable. 

Sending you big love and health in 2018!
  • Have family dinner at least four nights a week.
  • Plan a family trip.
  • Eliminate all phones during meals.
  • Build my network with three new contacts per month.
  • Take on a new project at work.
  • Update my social media profiles.
  • Go on two new dates a week.
  • Plan a yearly vacation without the kids.
  • Spend 20 minutes each evening talking with my partner.
  • Take two long walks each weekend.
  • Reduce weekly sugar intake by 30 percent.
  • Schedule more checkups at the doctor
  • When friends ask how I am, really tell them.
  • Start a book club.
  • Get in touch with one old friend every Tuesday.
  • Run for a position on my local community board.
  • Pick a cause and get active in its local charity.
  • Pare down volunteering to one commitment at a time.
  • Schedule two hours for my hobby each week.
  • Take an improv class.
  • Organize a Saturday doubles tennis group.


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