How to have a better '08

Now that 2007 is over, it is time to look back on our mistakes and make changes in the new year. Everyone is focused on "new years resolutions", but these are basically very vague goals that will be broken within 2 weeks. It has almost become a joke now to make "new years resolutions." There are much better ways to make changes to your life in the new year than resolutions.

First off, you need to look back on last year and see what you want to change. Once you have decided what you want to change (ex. weight, finances, etc), make a specific goal. For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, set a goal to lose 5 pounds by the end of January. Write down your goals and put them in a place that you will see them daily (mirror, refriderator, etc). By setting specific goals throughout the year, it makes the goal much more attainable.

If you miss one of your small goals throughout the year, you can tweak your other goals so you can catch up. If you only have one big resolution it is harder to get motivated to go after it, but with small goals you can actaully see progress.

When setting goals, they must be something you are passionate about. If you are not passionate, you will not meet the goal. It's simple, because to meet goals you have to work at it, and if you don't care then you aren't going to work for it.

I recommend these goals for 2008:

Increase GPA by .3-.5
Spend less
Make more
Read Tips from a College Student daily :)

Of course, you have to make these goals specific to you. Try to make them reasonable. You need to push yourself a little bit, but do not make your goals unreachable.

Here's to a great 2008!

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