Making Changes in 2015

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“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson

What an exciting quote!  To think that you can change if that is what you truly want to do.  That change could be improving your health, updating your education… anything you want.  This is the time of year that we usually make resolutions, but sometimes we don’t follow through.  So how can you do it?

It won’t be easy; it takes work, time, patience and a real commitment to yourself.  Many experts suggest setting goals and sticking to them.  I recently read Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success.  In it, he shares the SMART method for goal setting.  It is a useful tool you can use to get started.

Another step is to learn what it takes to make the change.  If you want to eat healthier, then you need to know which foods are good for you.  If you want to take better photos with your digital camera, you need to learn those skills.  Maybe you would like to get a better job, but you don’t know how to use certain computer programs.  Learning what is required is worth the effort.

Don’t forget to be understanding.  Many people give up on their resolutions because they let time get away from them.  Remember you have a whole year.  Just because you missed one step, doesn’t mean you have failed.  Be patient with yourself, pick up where you left off and keep going.

One last thing, you don’t have to do everything all alone. It is all right to ask for support.  That can come from friends, family, teachers or people in the community with similar goals.  Please don’t forget the library!  While we won’t get up to go running with you at 5:00 AM, we can provide help many different ways. From free online courses, to one-on-on technology help and classes to books on a variety of subjects, our friendly staff will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Good luck on attaining your goals and Happy New Year!

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