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Pro/Con: Have goal in mind when setting resolutions

By Camille Doty
Jan. 2, 2012 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 1, 2012 at 7:02 p.m.


Introduction

New Year's Day serves as a start to a new beginning. People can reflect on the changes they want to make in life.

Some common resolutions include drinking less alcohol, managing stress and losing weight, according to usa.gov.

Traditional New Year's resolutions date back to 153 B.C., according to 10millionresolutions.com.

Janus, a mythical king of early Rome, was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, Janus could look back on the past events and forward to the future.

As a result, Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions.

Some people make resolutions. Some do not. Crossroads residents weigh in on the debate.

Most popular New Year's Resolutions

Drink less alcohol • Get a better education • Get a better job • Get fit • Lose weight • Manage debt • Manage stress • Quit smokingReduce, reuse and recycle • Save money • Take a trip • Volunteer to help others Source: www.usa.gov

Nancy Peters hasn't made a resolution for many years.

After her husband died from a long-term illness in March, she developed a new lease on life.

"I didn't want to live in the past and have regrets. I chose to live and be in the present" she said.

The St. Joseph's High School teacher said she was striving to become more Christ-like.

Although Peters admitted to being grounded in her faith, she wants to increase her time with God and reading the Bible.

"I'm thankful for what God has done for me," said the grandmother of eight. "I want to give him the thanks he deserves."

While Peters focused more on an enhanced spiritual life, J.D. Valdez decided to give 100 percent to his new job. In January, he will start to sell mobile apps in Austin.

"I'm going to work hard to prepare for future decades," said the 29-year-old Victoria native.

Valdez said he wants to make changes as he approaches his 30th birthday in March.

In the past, he's made pledges to go to church more often or get in shape. Valdez said his passion for change began fading in May.

He remained optimistic about his decision to improve.

"Making positive change is better a few months out of the year and is better than nothing at all," Valdez said.

Some professionals said that making resolutions are a part of human nature.

"It's beneficial to make resolutions when people do what it takes to make lasting change," said Jackie Woodside, a certified professional coach and trainer.

Woodside said she's worked with people to help them keep their goals for 20 years.

Woodside, who is based in Marlboro, Mass., said it's human nature to want to grow and develop. She teaches a life design empowerment course.

On the contrary, if people do not have a system in place, they can spiral into a self-defeated cycle.

Woodside gave some tips to stay on track.• Be clear on what you want and why. For example, if a person wants to lose weight, they should be clear on the motivation.

Put some support and accountability structure in place. Try to get someone to partner with. Woodside mentioned Weight Watchers and Alcoholics Anonymous as some helpful organizations.

•  Seek professional help for major lifestyle changes. If a person wants to build their business or work on their marriage, Woodside suggested a professional with the skill sets to help them reach their goals.

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