Updated on 12.20.11

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Resolutions Edition

Trent Hamm

Over the last few weeks, I spent a lot of time thinking about resolutions. During that process, I did a lot of digging for articles on resolutions and goals from people whose thoughts I greatly value. Here are some of the useful articles I found in that search.

Solving problems Leaning away from problems rarely pays off. (@ seth godin)

Getting Out of Debt: Make That New Year’s Resolution Work These tactics are geared towards financial resolutions, but they really work for almost any goal you throw at them. (@ consumerism commentary)

Keeping new year’s resolutions from NPR’s Science Friday This post summarizes a great episode of NPR’s Science Friday that discusses the psychology behind resolutions. (@ unclutterer)

Should You Have GOALS or RESOLUTIONS? The words often mean similar things, but can have very different connotations that put you in different mindsets. (@ happiness project)

Resolve This! “Resolutions are about want, but they are useless without will and action.” Indeed. (@ jonathan fields)

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  1. deRuiter says:

    The secret to success is self discipline. If you don’t exercise self control, you’re bound to fail. Self discipline is not taking a second helping at dinner, not sneak eating and hiding the food wrappers, staying in school long enough to learn to read fluently and graduate from high school, not getting pregnant before mariage, spending less than you earn, not buying things you don’t need while you climb out of debt. If you find yourself in a hole (any bad situation), the first rule is to STOP DIGGING! Setting realistic goals helps too. A 300 pound person who is 40 years old is never going to be a prima ballerina for the Bolshoi. But the same person can become a normal weight, fit person in good health with the discipline to stop over earing and to do moderate exercise six times a week.

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