Resolutions for the new decade

As I write this, 2020 is still fresh and new. The new year and the new decade are a time for reflection on the past and setting new goals for the future.

Text by Leah Guren


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According to Inc. Magazine, about 60 percent of adults in the western world use the new year as a time to make resolutions. The most common resolutions are about losing weight or getting into shape, adopting healthier choices (such as quitting smoking or eating more vegetables), and addressing finances (such as getting out of debt or increasing savings).

Intellectually, we understand that there is no difference from one day to the next. There is no reason why we can’t select a random Tuesday in the middle of any month to start making changes. But there is something almost magical in the way we think of significant dates; the start of a new year seems like some sort of milestone, and that sense is amplified with the start of a new decade.

Some life coaches suggest setting goals rather than resolutions. Others suggest changing behavior by focusing on positive habits; that is, doing ...