Okay, how many of us are thinking about our promises for 2009?  As soon as we fill up on Christmas Eve and Christmas meals, all the goodies before and after, we will be sincerely ready to change our lifestyles.  But how long will it be before your “New Year’s Bubble” deflates?  Seriously, studies show that 52% of participants in a resolution study who were confident in the success of reaching their goals, only 12% actually achieved them.  Men were 22% more successful when they engaged in setting their goals where small measures are used: for example, losing one pound per week, than “lose weight”.  Women had 10% more success when they publicly expressed their goals and had support from their friends.

Here are some popular goals; see if any one or more are yours:

  • Lose Weight
  • Make a Difference
  • Save Money
  • Pay Off Debts
  • Eat Right
  • Exercise
  • Give Blood
  • Give More
  • Drink Less Alcohol
  • Quit Smoking
  • Reduce Stress
  • Take A Trip
  • Be More Green
  • Get A Better Education
  • Spiritual Improvement
  • Be A Good Friend
  • Appreciate Family More
  • Be A Better Listener
  • Volunteer
  • Be A Better Me!

You might want to print this list off and check off or add things that you hope to improve on.  Keep it in a place where you see it every day.

Another promise we ask you to make:  Live every day with safety in mind; your life and the lives of others depend on it!