YONKERS, N.Y. -- If you're like most people, your New Year's resolutions can be as daunting as finding a parking spot at The Westchester during the holiday rush. No doubt your list includes the same old promises to yourself such as "lose weight," "stop smoking" and "start exercising."
So, how do you make this year different? Roseanne Amoils , a Larchmont-based career and life coach and founder of What's Next Club, who also works as the job search coach for Yonkers Riverfront Library offers the following advice.
- Focus on one goal. "People always plan too big," said Amoils. "Instead of a long laundry list of resolutions, pick one thing that you have power over. Ask yourself: 'What is my game changer for next year?' Then focus on that."
- Take small steps. Avoid setbacks by being realistic. So, instead of saying "I'm going to lose 20 pounds, do one small thing every day for a week that can help you start dropping pounds. That can be not putting sugar in your coffee or laying off dessert for a week." Small changes lead to big results.
- Ask for help. If it's a new career you're after, ask three people who love you what they think you do well. This helps with your perspective and gives you tools to figure out next steps.
- Stop and take notice. Resolving to be less stressed? Shift your perspective and see how "letting go" of something that normally annoys you affects your psyche, said Amoils. "Give yourself a chance to see how things work when you step back from reacting in your 'normal' way."
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