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Melissa Ganus

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What are your New Year's resolutions?

Last year, Sajeesh Ragavan posted this question at http://www.ted.com/profiles/933068
http://www.ted.com/conversations/8166/what_s_your_new_year_s_resolut.html.

Now, having made it through the 21st of December, 2012, it seems like exactly the right time to post it again!

I've been inspired by Dr Mike Evans short video about how much more successful New Year's resolutions tend to be compared with making resolutions at other times of year. Just posted a TEDed and would welcome your thoughts and feedback: http://ed.ted.com/on/cu5IwKY6

Happy New Year!!!

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    Dec 30 2012: Hi Melissa,
    I'm not convinced that new years resolutions tend to be more successful....that doesn't seem to be what I'm hearing all the time.

    I have not made new year resolutions for many years, because I learned long ago to start changing something when I recognize something needs changing:>) As soon as I realize something in myself needs changing, I immediately take the steps to begin. It seems that often times, people make a huge list of new year resolutions, and carry through with them for a short time, then abandon the effort. So, although it is good to become aware of those things we would like to change in ourself, it seems sometimes counter productive to have several expectations of ourselves at that time of year. I think/feel it often leads to undermining the effort.

    I agree with Maaher, that a continuous self evaluation and progressive development is more appealing:>)
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      Jan 2 2013: Well spoken. Absolutely agree with you. Just hate the frustration that comes with looking at that long list and seeing that few is being accomplished. I think it just turns goals into numbers and smothering tasks. Would rather to enjoy each challenge and live it and be proud of attaining it rather than forgetting about it fast to move on to the next goal one on the list! As if finishing that list would grant us the ultimate happiness!
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        Jan 3 2013: I wholeheartedly agree Ghina...enjoy the challenge....be fully present in the moment...live it and be proud of attaining it one step at a time:>)

        "As if finishing that list would grant us the ultimate happiness". Well said!

        I believe that it is HOW we do things, which is often as important or more important than what we do. We can go through the motions of finishing the list....AND/OR.....we can be fully engaged in the journey:>)

        Happiness is not just a destination....it is a way of travel:>)

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