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January 12, 2015 - 8:32am -- Anonymous

The beginning of a new year is always a good time for reflection.  As you look back through the months in 2014 what are the things you are glad you had the chance to experience?  Are there things you want to change?  How can you make the changes into new habits to accomplish the things you would like to in 2015? 

Let’s start with what do you want to change?  Are you happy with the money in the bank account? The savings you have or the debt you owe?  What about the way you feel?  Do you have the energy and strength to accomplish what you want to do?  What about your involvement in the community or the time for creativity or learning something new?  Any or all of these can be part of 2015, by following the steps below:

  • Decide what it is that you really want - the things that you are ready to commit to in a way that you will appreciate the pay off or the final outcome.
  • Make a plan - when I’ve identified what I want, then I need to decide how I’m going to get it.  Can I allocate my time, energy or money to get it?  What steps do I need to take?
  • Write it down - when I make the commitment to say I want to change something, then I have the plan in writing and it’s broken down step by step. 
  • Set milestones - how will I know if I’m being successful?  When will I achieve my goal?
  • What’s ‘plan B’?  Some things are not always going to go according to my plan, so what can I do to get back on track?  

Who’s going to hold me accountable?  Research tells us that if we tell someone else what we are trying to do and gain their support, then we are more likely to succeed.  It could be a co-worker, a spouse or friend; someone who will support you and encourage you to reach your goal.

Setting New Year’s resolutions seems to be a challenge that many have chosen to ignore, but they really are a great way to help us reach our goals in life.  Why not talk about changes you would like to do with your family tonight at dinner?  or tomorrow at work?  If you would like more information, please contact me at and to all, Happy 2015!

Melinda Hill is an OSU Extension Family & Consumer Sciences educator and may be reached at 330-264-8722.