8 Reasons Your New Year's Resolutions Didn't Stick (and What To Do Differently Next Time)
Statistics show that, right now, about half of you have already given up on your New Year's resolution. And, in another few weeks, half of the people left will have forgotten all about it as well.
Below are top eight reasons people don't follow through on their resolutions and some tips to make next time more successful.
1. You didn't make a plan for it. A lot of people forget that a resolution is really just a GOAL. It doesn't have additional superpowers just because it starts on January 1. A goal requires structure. Otherwise, it's a wish.
Next time: Be proactive. Make your plan. Look for possible obstacles and prepare for how you'll deal with them.
2. You forgot the reasons why you were doing it.
Motivation matters. If you don't know why the goal is important, it's easy to drop. Next time: Clarify exactly why you're doing this, why you NEED to do this. Write it down. Post it in visible locations. Create small reminders to help keep you focused when times get hard.
3. You didn't plan for setbacks. We all fall off the wagon at some point. You need a clearly defined plan for what to do when this happens and how you'll get back on that horse. Next time: Recognize that things will get hard and unexpected obstacles will get the better of you. Give yourself some leeway. Find ways to forgive yourself and reignite the passion.
4. You didn't have a strong support network.
Friends and family are important. They can help raise you up or push you down. With any goal, it's important to surround yourself with people who believe in what you're doing. Next time: Gather your groupies! Let them know what you're doing and why and ask if you can count on them to help you reach your goal. If they're not supportive, keep them at a distance.
5. You took on too much too fast. Many of us get a little over-zealous around the New Year. We want to make huge leaps of progress overnight, but real growth is a slow and steady journey. Next time: Go in with reasonable expectations and be patient. It's not about how much you achieve and how quickly. Focus on one, really important goal. Momentum will naturally build as you make incremental improvement.
6. You weren't accountable to anyone.
Sure, you wanted to succeed. But, in the dark of night when you're all alone, it's easy to get persuaded by that nagging negative voice inside your head. An accountability partner helps keep you focused and on track, even when you think you're ready to throw in the towel.
Next time: Find one person who promises to hold you accountable. When you say you're going to do something, this person follows up to make sure you've stayed true to your word.
7. It wasn't that important in the first place.
Perhaps you set a goal that others wanted you to set. Or one you felt you "should" set. That's not very motivating. It's easy to give up on something that never really mattered that much to you in the first place.
Next time: Choose a goal that matters. Don't do it for anyone else but YOU. If it's not something you truly believe in, you'll never succeed.
8. You're afraid of success.
Truth be told, a lot of goals sound great in theory but once you actually start thinking of what life will be like once it's accomplished, fear can easily set in. Sometimes, we're so attached to who we are and life as we know it-flaws and all-that we unconsciously sabotage ourselves.
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BDDC Holiday Carriage Rides
Nov. 23 - Dec. 29 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The BDDC is proud to present Caledon Horse & Carriage for the Annual Carriage Ride program during the 2012 holiday season. Come downtown and enjoy a carriage ride and travel through historic Brampton Downtown. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor experience of Brampton Downtown. George Street & Diplock Lane - 905-847-2936
New Year's Eve Brampton
Dec. 31 - Jan. 1 7:00pm - 12:30am
This New Year's Eve, get ready to celebrate in royal style! In honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, downtown Brampton will be transformed into a regal winter wonderland. The streets will come alive with stilt walkers, jugglers, fire eaters, and fun for the whole family! Highlighting the evening will be live performances from amazing Canadian artists Suzie McNeil and Down With Webster! Two amazing fireworks displays at 9:00pm and Midnight will top off this great night. Brampton's most exciting New Year's Eve party hosted by a Much Music VJ. Tickets are available for $50 through the Rose Theatre Box Office - 905.874.2800
The Festival Of Light Exhibition
November 30, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Vaughan City Hall, 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive
Discover the meaning of light in all our traditions. The Festival of Light is a celebration of all communities through the interpretation of a single uniting theme: LIGHT - a beacon of hope. An exhibition by community participants will be on display for public viewing, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, free of charge.
Mrs. Claus' Christmas Tea Party
Simply Delightful, 20 Thomas Street, Mississauga
Everyone is welcome; moms, dads, kids, grandparents, and friends. This event also works well as a special holiday outing for your Sparks or Brownies groups Advanced registration is required. Boys & girls will enjoy the following activities * sing-a-long to familiar Christmas songs * listening to the story "Twas the Night Before Christmas" * decorating their very own gingerbread cookie * filling out their Christmas list and some private time to discuss it with Mrs. Claus, so she can deliver it to Santa personally * each child will receive a Christmas goody bag Adults and children will enjoy a sit-down tea with Mrs. Claus in our lovely Tea Room. Event Cost: $30 kids $25 Adults (HST included) Contact Person: Milena Phone Number: 905-821-7073
New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31st, 2012 , Mssissauga Celebration Square
Ring in 2013 at Mississauga Celebration Square's New Year's Eve party! Groove to a video skate party featuring the best jams of 2012, indulge in delicious treats from gourmet food trucks and countdown to midnight with live performances from electro-pop fueled sensations LIGHTS and Nightbox.
Some of Bloomberg's Top Techy Christmas Gifts 2012
The Wii U introduces something new to the mix, a tablet-like hand -held controller called the Gamepad that includes its own color touch screen. Use it to change gameplay point of view in multi-player games, or to play something solo while someone else is watching TV.
Jaybird Freedom Sprint
E ndorsed as the official training headphones of the USA Triathlon organization, Jaybird's Freedom Spirit Bluetooth earbuds promise not to expire when you perspire. They include a lifetime warranty against sweat to back that up. On-ear controls let you answer your smartphone without reaching into your pocket.
For the smooth crooning of Adele or Michael Buble, Sonos's wireles s speakers do the trick. The Sonos subwoofer offers wall-pounding bass alongside Sonos's Play speakers.
MacBook Pro (13 inch) w/Retina display
This slimmed-down, souped-up version of Apple's workhorse Mac is state of the art in terms of long-lived, full-featured, compact computing. And its Retina display gorgeous.
Xelsis Digital ID coffee maker
It makes delicious espresso drinks, built-in biometrics: an integrated fingerprint reader that automatically determines which of up to six stored profiles to use in brewing your individually customized cup.
iPod touch 5G
The 4-inch screen is the same Retina display found on the iPhone 5, while the new camera is as good as the excellent one on the 4S, and worlds better than previous touches. But the new iPod manages to carve out an identity of its own with bright colors and a design that even incorporates a pop-out button for a matching wristband.
Logitech Harmony Touch
Logitech channels the late Steve Jobs by de-cluttering its Harmony remote, replacing many buttons with a larger touch screen that controls up to 15 devices and tunes into your favorite channels. For those who make Skype calls from their television, the remote also can connect to Logitech cameras to control the action onscreen.
Samsung ES8000 Series 8 LED TV
Available in sizes ranging from 46 inches to 65 inches, feature an ultra-slim design with silver trim around a floating screen perched atop an attractive stand. The Smart Hub portal connects the TV to Netflix and other Web services, including Skype video calling through a built-in camera. It's the first to feature voice and motion control to change basic functions, such as saying "Hi, TV" to turn it on or waving your hand to adjust the volume. A silver-and-black touchpad remote also has a microphone inside so your TV can recognize your voice in a noisy room.
With a quad-core processor and new Jelly Bean operating system, it's faster and smoother than previous Android tablets. It's also conveniently compact and, unlike Amazon's Kindle Fire, allows access to the broader universe of Android apps.
It's got brains and brawn in a tiny package.The new iPhone with its slightly larger screen is still worth a look, thanks to its upgraded processor, faster LTE data network connection and improved camera. Apple gets special kudos for delivering great battery performance in an increasingly energy-sucking data world.
DA-E750 Audio Dock
It's packed with so many features, It's got a dual dock for Apple devices and Samsung's Galaxy S lineup, Apple AirPlay and Samsung AllShare wireless streaming, playback through other USB media devices, the latest Bluetooth technology for improved music streaming, built-in Wi-Fi and a vacuum-tube amp that makes it the talk of any party.
Christmas Cookie Recipe
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbon
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup chopped dates (NOT the prepackaged chopped type)
- 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
In large bowl, combine peanut butter, pecans, powdered sugar, dates, and butter and mix well; form into 1" balls. Place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet and chill until firm.
Melt semisweet chips and 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips together in a glass measuring cup in microwave on medium power about 2 minutes, stirring once, until melted and smooth. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips and stir constantly until smooth (this tempers the chocolate, setting up crystals so it will harden). Dip each ball into melted chocolate mixture and set on parchment paper. Let stand until chocolate is firm, then store tightly covered at room temperature.
To dip the cookies, make sure they are well chilled first. Melt the chocolate in a glass measuring cup so the chocolate is deep enough to work with easily. Drop the bonbons, one at a time, into the chocolate. Use a fork to gently turn them, then fish out the bonbon with the fork. Tap the fork on the side of the measuring cup to remove excess chocolate. Tip the coated bonbon back onto the waxed paper. Use a bit of the melted chocolate to fill in any holes or fork marks, if necessary. Take your time; this is a contemplative task! The chocolate should firm up in about an hour.