Thursday January 02, 2014 | 10:40 AM
Posted by Barbara Babkirk

Try This Alternative to a New Year’s Resolution


Resolve to evolve.

While the practice of setting New Year's resolutions has been around since the Romans, the last thing you may need is a list of "goals" you won’t achieve in 2014.

Instead, consider creating an intention for yourself that reflects what truly matters to you, as opposed to something that you think you "should" do.

Take for example the top 10 New Year's resolutions that range from losing weight and stopping smoking to sticking to a budget and finding a new job. Many people share these goals, yet less than half think about them after six months.

Commitment to a goal or resolution is not just about will—it’s the mix of mind and heart working together toward a meaningful result. So, if traditional resolutions or ones you've set in the past don't motivate you, ask yourself what does?

In answering this question, think about what you most value and what is lacking in your life. Create a statement that mirrors your desire, what you are willing to do to achieve it and in what timeframe.

Make sure that whatever you write is your true desire at this time in your life. Each day, reflect on this statement and imagine how it will feel when it becomes a reality—as though it has already happened.

Take heart and be motivated by the words of the German philosopher, Goethe who said:

“…[When one is committed], all sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred, a whole stream of events issues from the decision, working in our favor; all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance that no man could have dreamed would come his way.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."




About this Blog

Barbara Babkirk is a Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement firm in Portland.

With a focused and intuitive approach, Barbara makes a difference in people’s lives by helping them design a new life chapter. She has a successful record guiding career transitions for professionals ranging from executives and artists to attorneys and entrepreneurs.

An expert in her field, Barbara is a public speaker on work-related topics writes a solutions-oriented column about work for the Portland Sunday Telegram.


Scott Woodard is a career coach with Heart At Work Associates, a career counseling and outplacement business in Portland, Maine.

Scott works with clients to identify and articulate their value and their personal brand. He helps clients develop clear, concise and crisp messaging to convey their particular difference, their achievements and their approach.

Scott coaches clients to market their brand through social media platforms, especially LinkedIn. He offers monthly workshops on how to make the most of LinkedIn for businesses or job seekers.

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