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COMMUNITY CORNER – New year, new you: finding right resolutions

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | January 05, 2018

     Love them or hate them, we make resolutions every day, not just for the new year.

     Some popular ones each year include: shed a few pounds, ex­ercise regularly, save money, quit smoking or spend more time with fam­ily and friends. Many people ask, “Why bother?” since about half of most Ameri­cans struggle to keep their resolutions year in and year out.

     Whatever changes you want to make in your life this year, start small, pick the right time and remember the old adage about not biting off more than you can chew. If you try to change your whole life at once, it will be overwhelming and in­crease your possibility of failure.

     By the simplest definition, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Some of those decisions are ma­jor ones. I would bet though, the most important ones end up being the smaller ones.

     The root word of resolu­tion is “resolve” and is an action word that requires mindfulness. For one to be mindful, you need to be intentional. Being intentional also means you have to be present in the moments of your life. Your attention needs to be right where you are — if it is at work, be fully at work. If it is at home, be fully at home. There are always distractions; choose only the important ones to follow.

     So as we begin this new year, set priorities and do your best to stick to them. Write them down and share them with your closest friends or relatives — they can help you achieve your goals. In other words, be intentional about living life. Use critical think­ing skills to be resolute in your responses to daily interactions and decisions in your life. Again, smaller resolutions will add up to big changes for posi­tive outcomes.

     Through resolutions, goal setting and working together, we have an excellent opportu­nity to make 2018 our best year yet at Fort Riley. I look forward to accomplishing great things as a team and wish each of you a happy new year.

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