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5 Toastmaster Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolution

We all have the best of intention when we pen those plans for the new year, but following up on them can be difficult. To help, Toastmasters International offers five tips that will help you accomplish your resolutions for the new year.

Make a list (and check it twice for "realism"). Writing your goals down makes them tangible. Checking back on your resolutions and goals often will help keep you on track to meet them.

Start small. Be realistic and honest with yourself. Start with a goal that is easy to achieve in a short time to gain a sense of accomplishment. Make the resolutions specific and time-bound.

Set manageable goals. Although you might have several goals, refrain from creating a list that is too daunting or difficult to achieve.

Hold yourself accountable. Sharing your goals and experiences with family and friends will help keep you focused on meeting your objectives. Some people have also found that having an accountability partner helps them stay on track.

Celebrate your successes. Your confidence will grow with each goal you achieve. Keep working on your list and stay positive.

"Establishing a list of objectives for the new year can be very helpful, as it allows you to reflect on how you can improve yourself," says Lark Doley, Toastmasters' 2018-19 International President. "However, it's not important that all your resolutions start in January. Perhaps start working on one or two at the beginning of the year, and others throughout the year. When you complete a resolution, cross it off your list, and celebrate the accomplishment."

Source: Toastmasters International

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