The countdown to 2018 has already started. And now is the perfect time to review your resolutions for next year. Millions of people make New Year’s resolutions that they never keep. Do you know why most resolutions fail? Because people focus on things that they haven’t been able to achieve, but they don’t plan any action. So make next year an exception, and make resolutions that you can fulfill. This starts with understanding why everything you wanted to achieve today didn’t happen. But as a general rule: having the intention to change things is a good start. You also need to decide on what you’re going to do to make it happen.

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I want a better job

So it’s been on your to-do list for years: you want to sit at a manager’s desk, you’re after a more generous pay slip. More often than not, you’ll find that certifications and degrees can work wonders. But, not every qualification requires you to quit your job to go back to university. In fact, you can follow a lot of online courses. If you want to move your healthcare career, why not try the online masters of nursing education? If you want to maximise your chances in marketing, try the Google Academy. Online material enables you to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

I want to drop a dress size

You’ve been dreaming of the perfect bikini figure, but it’s happened yet. There are very good reasons why 2017 wasn’t your slimming year. Maybe you haven’t changed your diet and simply hoped that exercising would do the trick. Or maybe you’re spending too much time on cardio and not enough on strength training. Identify the obstacles you’ve put in your way and focus on removing them! Only then can you achieve your fitness objective.  

I want to be more adventurous

Do you find your life a little too dull or too predictable? Is it the constant sleep-wake up-work cycle with nothing exciting happening in between? Maybe you’ve been wrongly waiting for something amazing to happen to you instead of creating your adventure. You don’t need to attempt anything dangerous. You could simply book a holiday to visit an area of the world that you don’t know. Make yourself a present for Christmas: Plan your next year’s holiday somewhere new and broaden your horizon.

I want to be happy in life

Sometimes, all you want is to feel happy. Life can be stressful and hard at times, and you feel like happiness is running away from you. Here’s a lesson for you to prepare for next year: quit looking for happiness, and make it happen instead. One of the most important lessons you can learn in the meantime is to understand what is stopping you from feeling satisfied with your life and put yourself back in charge. If you’re unsatisfied with your job or in your relationship, for instance, the best course of action is to detach yourself from it or to fix the issue.

In short, you can say it’s time for a different kind of New Year’s resolutions. Don’t take them; make them happen!

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