Happy New Year !

Happy New Year!

How are you beginning 2011?  Did you make a New Year resolution?  I did.  Actually, I made a few of them.   Is yours one you’ve made before?  Oh, yeah, like me — same list, different year.  Now, let me guess.  Could your resolution fall in the following goals:

  • Improve health or lose weight?
  • Improve finances or get out of debt?
  • Improve your career, get a better job or land a job?
  • Improve your education or learn something new?
  • Improve yourself — manage stress, manage time or simply to be more fun?

These are the most common goals that occur year after year.  And, truthfully, I wish to improve in all of these areas (some more than others).  That’s where the problem lies.  It’s virtually impossible to create change in all of these areas all at once.

Making Your New Year Resolution Stick
A New Year resolution is a commitment that we make to a personal goal, project or reforming of a habit at the beginning of a year in order to start with a clean slate.  It’s a time of reflection and self-improvement.  It’s a time to start anew. 

As with anything “new” it’s best to commit to ONE thing first and then to add other goals after mastering the ONE.  Just begin with ONE.  Create a new habit and stick with it for at least 45 days.  Some people say you need 21 days or perhaps one month to start a new habit.  Yet research shows that you need to get past that 30-day mark to really implant a new habit.  Try it with me.  Just ONE goal.  Just 45 days.

Think about it.  Do the math.  If we took ONE goal and created a new habit in only 45 days, conceivably we could tackle eight goals in just one year ( 8 x 45 days = 360 days) and chances are you don’t even have eight goals in your mind right at the moment.  🙂

Here are some stats around “success rates.” Recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. A separate study in 2007 by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol showed that 78% of those who set New Year resolutions fail.  Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

Events Around Town You Won’t Want to Miss

Saturday, January 15th at 8:30pm – An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein Classics

Join us at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Detroit for a selection of Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites from Carousel, State Fair, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and Oklahoma featuring G. Kevin Dewey (conductor) and the Vanguard Voices.  Click here for directions to St. Patrick’s:  map.  Keep in touch with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians’ by visiting their site atwww.detroitsymphonymusicians.org.

Save our Symphony

You can show your support for the musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by signing the petition at www.saveoursymphony.info.

Tuesday, Jan 18th 7-9pm – Brand YOU! Create Your Personal Brand with Jill Jordan
Hosted by the St. Irenaeus Career Path Network, this 2-hour “no charge” workshop session targets under and/or unemployed individual with methods of identifying and communicating the strengths that you bring to the world that make you uniquely YOU.  Learn more or register for this event by visiting http://personalbrandyou.eventbrite.com/.

Thursday, Jan 27th 6-8pm – A New Year’s Resolution for the Female Caregivers
This FREE Caregiving panel discussion will be held at Arden Courts in Bingham Farms. Did you know that the average profile of a caregiver today is a 48 year old woman taking care of her 72 year old mom? Join us for an informative evening – you’ll walk away with the TOP 10 Tips for Caregivers.  RSVP for this free presentation by calling 248-644-8100 or emailing binghamfarms@arden-courts.com.

Friday, Jan 28th 9am-5pm – The Challenge Event “Thrive in Uncertain Times!”

The Challenge Event is the most sought after one-day seminar with over 100,000 people attending to date.  Created by Rod Hairston, CEO, Envision-U; he is one of the fastest growing authorities in American in the area of organizational performance and human potential.  This is your chance to take your career and life to the next level.  The event is based on the highly acclaimed book, “Are You Up For The Challenge?”

The cost for this event is $99, but mention “Jill sent me” and you can purchase your ticket for $49 if you act quickly.  Seating is limited.  Call 248.499.7800 today or visit www.envision-u.com.

Friday, Feb 4th – National Wear RED Day

Take care of that heart of yours and show your support of this cause by joining others in wearing red on Friday, February 4th.

Thursday, Feb 17th 4:30-8:30pm – NAWBO Greater Detroit presents “NAWBO Women Take the Stage:  Fashion, Cars and Stars
This powerful annual networking meeting of key women and business resource organizations features speed networking and a leadership roundtable.  Held at the S3EG Studio in Madison Heights, MI, this dinner event is just $25 for NAWBO members.  Register online.

Thursday, Feb 24th 9:00am 1:30pm – Go RED for Women Luncheon

Join other outstanding and dedicated  women and men at the Detroit, MI Go Red for Women luncheon at the MGM Grand Hotel.  Learn more or register online.

Thursday, March 10th 7:30am to noon – Women and Leadership in the Workplace’s 15th Annual Leadership & Awards Conference “Looking to the Future”

Presented by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA), this year’s conference features dynamic educational sessions that focus on leadership and mentoring for women. The event will be held at The Henry in the Fairfield Plaza, Dearborn, MI. The cost is $70 for MBPA members and $80 for non-members.  Register by visitingwww.michbusiness.org or calling 586-393-8800.


See you around town.  And, best of luck to you in your ONE goal.  Remember, writing it down or sharing with others helps you succeed in reaching your goal.

See you in 45 days ~




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