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It's Our Turn: Here’s the accountability you need to make your resolution a reality

Another new year has begun!

For those of us who are goal-setters and resolution makers, this is an exciting time of year. We feel we have a clean slate upon which to etch all kinds of wonderful things in the year to come. We are excited to dive into a full year of endless possibilities.

We make lists about what we hope to do and accomplish. We plan, we strategize and best of all, we dream. We get so caught up in looking ahead that we don’t get too bogged down with the fact that all of the past year’s goals may not have been accomplished.

Those who are not goal-setters or resolution makers may be laughing at us this very moment, happy to remind us of all those previous goals that may not have materialized.

That’s OK. Some of us may have “laugh more” as one of our resolutions, and if you can’t laugh at yourself, then what can you laugh at?

You can’t get us down, because we know this:

“People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.”

(From Statistic Brain)

So even if we may not accomplish all of our goals, we’ve got a lot better chance of it than those of you laughing at us!

Oh sure, the statistics are a bit of a downer. Of the 45 percent of Americans who usually make resolutions, only 8 percent are successful in achieving those goals.

But the way I look at it, even if we don’t achieve the final goal, we’re still getting something out of the effort. Of those nearly half of Americans making resolutions, about 46 percent are still focused on their goals six months into the year.

So yes, I will be making resolutions for 2014. I know that one of the top reasons people quit working toward their resolutions is because they are too big or overwhelming. And another reason is because they don’t have anyone cheering them on or holding them accountable for working toward those goals.

Because I won’t be laughing at those of you setting New Year’s resolutions, and because I want to see you actually achieve them, I am inviting readers to join me in a year-long Resolution Challenge!

E-mail a short paragraph about yourself and your New Year’s resolution for 2014 to I will select up to 10 submissions and together, we will share our resolution journey with readers throughout the year.

Remember, accountability is key to achieving a goal. With all of the Echo Press followers holding us accountable, how can we fail?

Don’t procrastinate – get your resolutions set and send me an e-mail!

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“It’s Our Turn” is a weekly column that rotates among members of the Echo Press editorial staff.

Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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