Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Promises, Promises

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Promises, Promises

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The ball has dropped, and the champagne bottle is empty. It's the beginning of a new year--clean slate time! New York-based life coach Mark Strong has a few tips to help you keep those goals past Valentine's Day--for the next 365 days and beyond

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Start small: why make 10 resolutions when it's easier to start with one or two? Strong suggests beginning the year with one resolution (perhaps cutting your weekly cigarette intake by one pack), and once that resolution becomes a regular habit, build to the next goal. "I think it's great to have one resolution in January, then add to it when you're feeling secure," he says.

Be SMART: when choosing what resolutions to work on, Strong asks his clients to set their goals using his SMART method: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, and Time-Oriented goal making. Therefore, "lose weight" is not a good resolution, but setting a goal of losing five pounds by February 1 is will get you better results. …

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