Three New Year’s Resolutions Worth Starting Now

Posted by Kelli McKinney

military new year's resolutionsWe’re two weeks into the New Year and already some of my fellow resolution-makers have effectively called their new year’s plans DOA. That’s a tough place to find yourself this early in the year. Most people start their new year’s resolutions with a blaze of energy and good intention, but no real planning or consideration. That leaves them just like my friends: only a few days into a new year and already frustrated and burned out.

This is exactly why I prefer to give myself some time during the month of January to scrutinize my current situation and formulate some appropriate, tactically-achievable plans. If you’re like many who gave some serious thought to making a couple of changes this year, then put the thought aside to tend to your daily family or military service obligations, rest assured it’s not too late to make and start positive changes. After some careful consideration, the list below offers a few that are worth starting today. Make them, start them, keep them, and next year at this time you’ll be glad you did.

1: Get serious about your financial future. Good financial planning starts with a hard look at your financial situation. If you haven’t already, take stock of your finances. Know what your military financial benefits are and for crying out loud, use them.

2: Get serious about giving up bad habits. You know the ones I’m talking about. Everybody has something they just can’t seem to quit. It’s time to do it. Break those chains of bondage, whether it’s to cigarettes and alcohol or sodas and sugar. You’ll feel a sense of pride and accomplishment, not to mention in some cases you’ll improve your health. If you need some help, the military has services that can provide you with the tools and support to get you through.

3. Get serious about learning something new. Studies show that people who commit themselves to lifelong education make more money, have a more positive outlook, and experience less stress than those who do not. Who doesn’t want that? Although the financial impact of education can be discouraging, the military offers education benefits that are second to none. If you haven’t already, put those benefits to good use – you’ve earned them – and consider pursuing or completing a degree or certification. It’s an investment in your future health, wealth and happiness.

If the thought of all three of these makes your head spin, consider tackling them one at a time. Or pick the goal that would result in the most important, meaningful change for you and create a plan around that one. Remember what Bill Murray’s character says in the movie “What About Bob:” Baby steps. Take each goal, create simple, achievable, measureable steps to accomplish it, and tackle those steps one at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be one of the happy few who can truly claim they kept their New Year’s Resolution – and all the benefits that come with reaching your goals.


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