Sticking to New Year's Resolutions

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Happy 2019! The 13 Twenty-Four apartments blog welcomes you to the new year. When setting goals for the new year, foreseeing the changes that will come can seem impossible. But we think setting goals is a great way to measure progress and reach new heights! This is the time of year for change and new beginnings right here in Kalamazoo, MI. If some of your resolutions have failed in the past, this is a great time to learn from those previous experiences and get even better.

We found some useful information that will help you on your journey from

1. Evaluate and Reflect — “The purpose of evaluation is twofold. First, it gives you an objective way to look at your accomplishments and your pursuit of the vision you have for life. Secondly, it shows you where you are so you can determine where you need to go. Evaluation gives you a baseline to work from.”

2. Define Your Dreams and Goals — “Write down all of your dreams as you have them. Don’t think of any as too outlandish or foolish—remember—you’re dreaming! Let the thoughts fly and take careful record. Now, prioritize those dreams. Which are most important? Which are most feasible? Which would you love to do the most? Put them in the order in which you will actually try to attain them. Remember, we are always moving toward action—not just dreaming.“

3. Make Your Goals S.M.A.R.T. — “The acronym S.M.A.R.T. means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.”

4. Have Accountability — “When someone knows what your goals are, they hold you accountable by asking you to “give an account” of where you are in the process of achieving that goal. Accountability puts some teeth into the process. If a goal is set and only one person knows it, does it really have any power? Many times, no. A goal isn’t as powerful if you don’t have one or more people who can hold you accountable to it.”

Keep these tips in mind as you move into the new year, and even if you don’t make traditional New Year’s Resolution, take some time to set some attainable goals this year, be they financial, physical, emotional, or mental. Good luck with your goals and resolutions. Let us know about your goals in the comments.

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