Each year, many individuals create New Years resolutions.  These resolutions are goals that the wisher hopes to achieve.  Each individual creates a goal that can benefit him or her or improve his or her life in one way or another.  Although New Years resolutions are tailored to the individual in question, there are many common goals set at the first of the year.  What are they?

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To lose weight.  Weight loss is by far one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions.  Part of this is due to the fact that many Americans are overweight and obese.  Still, even those who are in good health make the resolution to lose weight because they want to be perfect.  Regardless of your reason for wanting to lose weight, know that you are not alone.

Although weight loss is a popular New Year’s resolution, it is also the resolution most commonly given up on.  If you truly want to lose weight, know you will experience ups and downs.  You will not lose weight immediately.  For many, it is easy to lose weight, but hard to keep it off.  The best way to turn your New Year’s resolution into a reality is to not just focus on weight loss, but the components of it, such as diet and exercise.

To get out of debt.  Debt is a problem that many Americans face.  As many find themselves unemployed or with reduced hours, more individuals are turning to credit cards to pay their bills and survive.  This results in debt.  If you are not in debt, make your New Year’s resolution to avoid it.  If you are in debt, start digging your way out and know that you are not alone.

If you want to get out of debt this year, you will want to take it one step at a time.  Those with over $10,000 in debt often get overwhelmed and stop trying.  Do not let this happen.  When you rid yourself of debt, it will literally feel as if a great weight has been lifted off your shoulders.  So, reduce your spending, save money, and apply it towards your debt.   When doing so, pay off all secured debts first.

To get organized.  Organization is another popular New Year’s resolution.  Most Americans lead hectic lives.  Many have demanding jobs with long hours or children who participate in extra curricular activities.  With limited free time, it is easy for a home or office to become overrun and cluttered.  That is why many make the resolution to get organized.  The good news is that it is relatively easy to do.

If your New Year’s resolution is to get organized, also incorporate cleaning.  For example, sort and file all papers on your desk, but scrub it first.  If your resolution is to organize your entire home, take it one step at a time so that you do not get overwhelmed.  For example, start with your kitchen then move to the living room and so forth.

To find a new job.  A large number of Americans are stuck in a job they don’t like.  Of course it is important to get the bills paid, but you should be doing something you love.  For that reason, join the crowd and make the resolution to find a job that not only pays the bills, but makes you happy.

To get a raise.  As previously stated, finding a new job is a popular New Year’s resolution.  If you are pleased with your job, you may not want to change it, but you may want more money.  When it comes to getting a raise, you have a number of options.  You can ask or you can wait and see.  If raises are based on performance reviews, don’t ask.  Instead, improve your productivity at work.  Meet all deadlines, extend help to coworkers, volunteer for additional projects, and so froth.  The extra money in your paycheck will soon fall into place.

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