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Resolutions for the New Year: are they helpful?

Recently, I tried to determine the difference between a resolution and a goal. Wondering whether they were different, or pieces of a greater concept, I decided to look them up in a dictionary and to find out what comes first.

 
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After reading the definitions, I have decided that they are shades apart, but both important parts of the whole.
 
Goal: You can't do something, make a change, improve your lot in life, if you don't know what you want. That is where the goal comes into the picture.
 
Resolution: This happens when you find yourself determined to do something about the goal you have identified. It defines and explains what you want, how you are going to do it, and when you want to have it done.
 
What is your goal?
 
Find a quiet space in your life. Think about where you are. Then think about where you would like to be in the future.  What are your aims, ambitions, dreams? Maybe you have an idea that could be successful?
 
Think carefully. What is it that you really want?
 
Why do you want to do it?
 
Do you want to make the world a better place? Do you need a better income? Is there something you want to know more about? Would you like to travel and see the world?
 
This is entirely up to you. No one else on the planet owns your thoughts. 
 
Where do you want to do it?
 
Can you do it in your daily life? Does it require lots of reading, or a special workshop?
 
Where are you in time and space? Do you have the resources, stamina, and talent to complete the process?
 
Are there others to consider, spouse or partner, children, parents, siblings? Is your goal and resolution compatible with their lives?
 
When do you want it to happen?
 
Does it take a day, month, year or more to complete? Can you set a date and mark it on a calendar? Will you hold yourself accountable to put together a program, start the activities required, and see results by the time you listed?
 
If you choose a goal and resolution that has to do with earning, saving money or increasing resources, consider Thrift.
 
Thrift is a philosophy, a way of life. People who practice Thrift try to evaluate their resources and what they can do with them. They are also goal driven. They know what they need and also what they want. With this information in hand, they stage the steps it will take to obtain reach their goals.
 
This can take time and patience. Rather than buying everything at once, they try and put together a plan or prototype and then test it. If it works, great! If not, they will rework their ideas and try again.
 
I enjoy the thoughts of Henry Ford. Here is one:
 
Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. Henry Ford (from Brainy Quote)
 
Sometimes we have goals that do not work for us. It is disappointing but we can learn from what we have done successfully and what has not gone well. If this happens to you, don't be discouraged.
 
Consider picking a goal and making a resolution to reach that goal. Stick it on a piece of paper and place it in a visible space where you will see it as you pass. If you are brave, share it with others. If you are a private person, keep it in your mind.
 
At the end of the time selected you will reach one of two outcomes. You will either meet your goal or you will learn that you will have to try another direction. Either way you will reap knowledge and you can start out more confidently next time.
 
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, nurse, writer, and thrift advocate. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits

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