What will you say on January 2018 about 2017?

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What will you say on January 2018 about 2017?

New Year’s Resolutions, their Pro’s & Con’s, & tips to increase your chances of success.

Did you have a good New Year’s Eve celebration? Have you taken the time to reflect on the year that just passed and on the direction of the future year you want to have?

Statistics show that more than 45% of Americans makes New Year’s resolutions. From this 45%, 46% of Americans stick to these resolutions within the first 6 months and by the end of the year only 8% of us will succeed at achieving the set goals for the year.  How would you like to be part of the successful few?

First let’s look at Pro’s and Con’s of New Year’s Resolutions:


  • Incredible source of motivation. Yes, objectives are to us what fuel is to our cars… They propel us forward.
  • Sense of direction. Yes, direction is to us what the GPS is to our car. It guides us with focus to our destination.
  • It helps our decision making. It allows us to stay focused, keep the main thing the main thing and especially helps us to say no when necessary.
  • Incredible sense of accomplishment when resolutions are kept.
  • Significant improvement in our quality of life when resolutions are successful because we grew our human achievements and possibilities.
  • Sense of Control over our life. We often hear that people who have no set objectives are condemned to work all their lives for those who do.


  • Sense of Stress (Pressure on our shoulders) to accomplish what we set out to do.
  • Live in the Doing of our Resolution and forget about being, enjoying the present moment and the people that are important to us. A certain dependence to accomplishments.
  • Sense of Guilt when we do not attain our Resolutions.
  • Feelings of Incompetency and failure when not completing our Resolutions.
  • Decrease in our personal self-esteem when not realizing our Resolutions.

As human beings, we are on this planet to grow and live our lives to their full potential. Despite the con’s, many of us strive to create a better world for ourselves, our families and colleagues. That’s why we go for it and take on the New Year’s resolutions.

Here are a few tips to help you fulfill your set resolutions, grow in quantum leaps and celebrate in 2018 the life results you achieved in 2017.


  • Write them down.

“Since I was a little child, I have made all kinds of lists including short term tasks, long term goals and resolutions. It’s how I make sense of the world, bring order to my ideas, start turning them into ACTION. If you don’t write them down, your ideas will get lost”. – Sir Richard Branson

  • Write Why?

A short paragraph of why you absolutely desire to accomplish each of your resolutions. Your why will make you persevere when you feel like giving up. “People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it”. -Simon Sinek

  • One powerful Word + pictures

For example: If one of your resolutions is to exercise 4 times a week, 30 minutes each time your powerful word can be Health and find images that represent this word for you. A multitude of studies show that our mind thinks in pictures. This simple step connects the intellect with the emotional to propel success levels exponentially.

  • In your Face, many times a day

Display your powerful words and pictures where you can see them many times daily.

Example mirror in your bathroom, digital screen saver, or a vision board. It is important that you remind yourself consciously and subconsciously of your resolutions multiple times daily to give them the required focus to fulfill them.

Science proves what Dale Carnegie knew all along about motivation and success.

Leading expert in behavior change, psychologist Paul Marciano says achieving your goals isn’t about willpower. It’s about developing the right skills, executing strategies, and having the patience that inevitably lead to success.

As per a new study Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, success is correlated with aspects of your personality. It explains that “Personality is generally more predictive than IQ on a variety of important life outcomes. Co-authors, economist and Nobel laureate James Heckman, wrote that “Character is a skill, not a trait,” and further emphasized that these non-cognitive skills can be taught to help foster success. Such skills consist of problem solving skills, social skills, perseverance, creativity, self-control and commitment. This would also include how well you act in impromptu situation and how you communicate with colleagues — all crucial for achieving success in any field.

Dale Carnegie knew over one hundred years ago, how to motivate people to strive for success. Founded in 1912, inspired by one man’s belief in the power of self-improvement. Since then, it’s evolved into a movement that’s crossed borders and generations, showing people how to tap into the best parts of themselves to create positive change. Today, through franchises in over 90 countries and all 50 states, they help people gain greater influence and make meaningful contributions in the places that matter most.

Develop your competencies and achieve your resolutions this year. Dale Carnegie can support you in developing the necessary skills to do just that. Class forming in Pensacola and in Fort Walton Beach in January 2017. Contact Rena Parent at rena.parent@dalecarnegie.com, phone or text at 850-748-7678. northwestfla.dalecarnegie.com. Like us on Facebook @DaleCarnegieEmeraldCoast or follow us on LinkedIn Dale Carnegie Training Emerald Coast.

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