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Issue 34   December, 2015

DFreelance writer Sue Hornerear <<First Name>>,
With 2015 winding down, I'd like to wish you much success in the coming year and thank you for reading Wordnerdery. As visions of a sparkling new year dance in our heads, this issue takes a look at resolutions.
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Make resolutions you'll keep

Champagne corkThis time of year, you’ll find lots of advice for making and sticking to plans for a fresh start. I’m not a big fan of once-a-year resolutions; but according to the impressively named Statistic Brain Research Institute, “People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”

So if you’re thinking about New Year’s resolutions as you pop the champagne, here is some of my favourite advice gleaned from the web on how to make and keep them:
1.  Be specific (“Stop eating fast food” rather than the vague “Eat more healthfully.”) This is one of seven strategies recommended by author Gretchen Rubin in an article for Inc.

2.   Write a list of your goals (like increase your client base by five clients or hit $5K in earnings every month), then choose just four or five and create a plan around them, says writer Lori Widmer.

3.  Or more likely, pick just one specific, realistic goal and focus on it, says Kendra Cherry at Health. Start with small steps; small changes make it easier to stick to new habits.

4.  Keep a resolution journal and write down WHY you are working towards that goal to help you stick with it, adds Ms. Cherry.

5.  Take stock of the year past before looking ahead to the next, advises leadership coach Eileen Chadnick. What went well? How did you grow this past year? What’s not working? Read all 12 questions in Eileen’s article in The Globe and Mail.

6.  Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. As Gretchen Rubin says, if you slip up today, try again tomorrow.

7. Celebrate any milestone you reach on the way to becoming a better person, advises Connor Adams Sheets for the International Business Times. This is something I'm particularly bad at, so that itself seems like a good resolution.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? How do you stick to them? Hit “reply” and let me know. Whether you set resolutions or not, here's to a successful 2016.

Images: Champagne cork by Simon Howden and Photo of Sue by Rob Jeanveau of IABC/Golden Horseshoe.

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