How To Set A New Year's Resolution That Won't Fail

How To Set A New Year's Resolution That Won't Fail

4 Steps to Achieving Your New Year's Resolution This Year!
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It’s that time of year again – the time to set lofty goals that we are all inspired to achieve for about a month and then forget about until this time comes again next year. New Year’s brings with it the desire to make ourselves better people, but let’s face it: Goal setting hard is tough and becoming better people takes time that we just don’t have in our busy days. Right?

Wrong. The thing is, while we have been taught how to set these goals, and that we should set them, we are given little instruction on the steps it takes to actually achieve them. Achieving an attainable goal should only take a little bit of your time every day, but it is something you have to dedicate yourself to daily in order to achieve it. The steps to achieve this goal must become a habit, not a chore. So how do you do this? I’m here to explain it all to you.

1. Set the goal.

What is it you really want to achieve this year? What passion do you have that gets you really excited? Where do you see yourself being really happy? Nothing here is off limits. Nothing is unattainable. Think about where you would like to be a year from now and…

2. Write it down.

A goal in your head is erased as soon as a new thought enters, such as what you’re going to eat for dinner. Write down your goal and put it in a place you’ll see it every day, such as your bathroom mirror. It should be something you see every morning so you remember to focus on it, and every evening so you can evaluate what you did that day to attain your goal and how much closer you are to achieving it.

3. Make the steps to achieve your goal.

A goal without a plain to attain it is as useful as box of cake mix with no other ingredients. Sure, it should make a cake, but without the eggs and oil, you’re basically stuck just dreaming about that delicious dessert sitting in your pantry, waiting to be made. Set a timeline for your goal, and then write out all the little goals you have to achieve in order to make this big goal happen.

For example, if you want to lose 50lbs, just getting a gym membership and buying some celery isn’t going to make that happen. Set aside time each day for a workout – better yet, mark the time on your calendar. Make an appointment with yourself to make this happen. Look up healthy recipes and make a list of what you’re going to eat each day. Keep a food journal. And then set timely goals for each month. By the end of month 2, you want 10lbs lost. Focus on this smaller goal that will lead up to the bigger one, and by this time next year, you’ll be 50lbs smaller and all the happier.

This process applies to every goal you may set, not just losing weight. Set aside time each day to make it happen, and set smaller goals along the way that will help you reach your big goal. How much money do you have to save a month to save a $1,000 by the end of the year? How much money should you pay on that loan each month to have it paid off? How many times should you call your sister a month to be on good speaking terms? Slowly pull back on the number of drinks you have a week or cigarettes you smoke a day so that they are nonexistent in your life by the end of the year. Set a day each month to volunteer so you are the volunteer of the year by December. Make the third Saturday every month the day you try something new, like sky diving, so by the end of the year you’ve tried 12 new crazy things you never thought you’d do. Start planning your trip to Italy now, and each month set a goal that you want to attain to make it closer to that trip: Save $1,000; get in touch with a travel agent; buy a fancy new dress you’ll only wear when you’re being serenaded on a gondola. Whatever the goal is, set the steps you need to attain it.

And lastly…

4. Evaluate as you go.

Don’t wait until December to discover that you have or haven’t attained this goal. Watch your progress as you go. Now that you have daily, weekly, and monthly stepping stones put in place for the year, you are able to see if you are on the right track to achieve your resolution, or if you need to set more attainable goals, work harder, or change another habit that’s getting in your way. Whatever you do, don’t get discouraged. If you haven’t made one stepping stone, that’s fine. It’ll be a bit of a leap to the next one, but you can still make it across the river.

Don’t give up! By this time next year, you’re going to be so excited that you don’t have to set the same New Year’s resolution again.

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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7 Things Only Summer Camp Counselors Understand

Yes, it's possible to adore and hate your campers at the same time.

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I have worked as a daytime summer camp/recreation counselor for the past four summers, and it's the best... and the worst. If you've ever worked at a summer camp, you know what I mean. And there are so many experiences, details, and struggles only we counselors truly understand.

1. THE HEAT. THE UNBEARABLE, UNDYING HEAT.

Our Lord and Savior that is the AC is always either nonexistent or broken, leaving the Sun to beat down upon your and your kids' sweaty, sunburnt faces. While warm temperatures are summer's greatest blessing, at camp, there's no relief. Remember to always pack extra water!

2. Saying you love all of your kids equally, but secretly having favorites.

Yes, yes, yes, you love them all... but quiet Sam with the cute glasses is especially adorable.

3. ... and least favorites.

We have the clingers (the kids who were never taught the concept of personal space), the whiners (the kids who were never taught to walk it off), the sleepers (the lazy and moody kids whose parents forced them to come to camp)... the list goes on and on. Yes, you love them. Do they annoy you? Maybe.

4. Being CRAZY paranoid on field trips.

If a kid goes out of your line of sight or peripheral vision for even a second, you think the WORST. Kidnapped? Killed? Enslaved? These kids cannot disappear on your watch.

5. Having a thing for another counselor.

Even if it doesn't work out, it sure is fun to gaze lovingly across the field at male counselors that are way out of your league. If you're really lucky, you'll end up with a magical but fleeting summer fling.

6. Bonding with your fellow counselors over your love and hatred for kids/camp.

At the end of a long, hard day, there's nothing like complaining to let off some steam. Alternatively, it's also fun to giggle at your shared love for quiet Sam.

7. Realizing you have the best summer job ever.

The lessons and skills you learn at camp will stay with you forever. First aid, conflict resolution, and how to kill boredom are a few. Plus, you're basically being paid to have a fun time with the kids.

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