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FROM losing weight, to quitting smoking or
learning a new skill; every year on December
31, around half of the population will sit down,
pen in hand and write down their New Year’s
The sad fact is that the majority will fail.
“Around 40 per cent of Australians write down
their New Year’s resolutions each year but only
12 per cent on average actually stick to them,”
says Michelle Grosvenor, psychologist at Associ-
ated Psychology Practice.
Michelle says the reason why most resolu-
tions fail is due to the inability to set clear and
specific goals and having goals that are unrealis-
tic or unachievable.
This is supported by a survey of over 1000
Australians which found that ‘lack of willpower’
was the most common cause of failure, closely
followed by ‘unrealistic goals and expectations’.
“It’s important to set goals that are meaning-
ful to you and that are detailed so you have a
step-by-step process of how to get there within a
realistic time-frame,” says Michelle.
6 reasons why resolutions fail
1. Not having clear and specific goals that are
2. Not having a step-by-step plan to turn ideas
3. Setting goals that are not realistic or achiev-
4. Expecting fast results and getting discour-
aged when they don’t come quickly enough
5. Basing choices on motivation, rather than
6. Being a critic rather than a coach
Interestingly, research suggests that writing
goals down by hand can be a powerful first step
“Taking the time to write down your goals can
help you set your resolve and seeing them on pa-
per also makes them more real. There is also a
great sense of satisfaction when you cross them
off your list as you achieve them,” says Michelle.
Steps to resolution success
1. Be Clear - write down clear and specific
goals. For instance, it is more effective to set
a goal of walking three times per week for 30
minutes, than it is to set a goal of “getting fitter”
- then use a journal or notebook to track your
2. Think long-term - when making resolu-
tions, take a marathon rather than a sprint ap-
proach! Many people start out strong in the first
two weeks of January, only to lose momentum
before the end of the month because they have
not paced their efforts.
3. Be Realistic - set realistic, achievable goals
to increase your chances of succeeding. It’s im-
portant to honestly assess your current posi-
tion before setting goals. For instance, if you set
yourself a goal to obtain a job in a new industry,
you may need to consider undertaking further
study to achieve that goal if you don’t have the
skills or experience required.
4. Visualise - spend some time thinking about
how your life will be better when you achieve
your goals. For instance, if your goal is to quit
smoking then think about and write down all
the ways that your life will improve once you
have accomplished this goal, such as 1) I won’t
get as puffed out when I exercise 2) my risk of
cancer will decrease 3) I will save $$$ each year,
and then I will be able to go for a holiday/buy a
new wardrobe/ save toward a house deposit etc.
Write this information down in your journal or
notebook and go back to look over these poten-
tial benefits whenever you feel down or discour-
aged about your goals.
5. Buddy up - share your resolutions with
someone who can provide support and encour-
agement along the way. Agree to check in with
one another regularly to help maintain motiva-
tion and focus. Maybe even join an online group
or program, with other people working toward
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Be realistic about
New Year’s resolutions
Don’t stress about your New Year’s reso-
lution, only 12 per cent of people follow
through, but it can be an opportunity for
THE members of the South Gippsland
Gemstone and Lapidary Club have the op-
portunity to continue their training in the
art of silversmithing after securing a $2400
grant from the South Gippsland Shire re-
The group hosted a silversmithing pilot
program in August this year to evaluate the
level of interest within the local community
for those sorts of skills.
And it came up trumps.
The opportunity was met with enthusiasm
and interest by members of the club and
community and 13 people participated in the
pilot project and are extremely keen to con-
tinue learning how to work with silver and
develop their artistic talents.
“The club is now planning to run a short
course in silversmithing in the first two
terms of 2018 and this grant will assist in
the purchase of the equipment required, ”
said a spokesman for the group.
VICTORIAN drivers with registration renewals
from January 1, 2018 will be able to take advan-
tage of the State Government’s switch to short-
term vehicle registration.
Drivers now have the option of registering their
vehicles in new, flexible periods of three or six
months or remain on twelve month renewals, re-
ducing financial pressure on families and boosting
budgets of Victorians.
Tens of thousands of vehicle owners have al-
ready opted into new, flexible short-term rego op-
tions after creating an account on the myVicRoads
So far, more than 28,000 vehicle owners have
made the switch to new, flexible short-term rego
options. An overwhelming 75% of eligible vehicle
owners have selected the budget-friendly three-
month registration option. More than 7000 driv-
ers have selected a six-month registration option.
By the end of 2018, VicRoads expects half of
all registered vehicle owners will have made the
switch to short-term registration, helping ease cost
of living pressures for more than two million Vic-
Under the new arrangements an average three-
month registration will be $200.20, an average six-
month registration will cost $400.40, compared to
an average annual fee of $800.80.
Paul Smith of the South Gippsland Gem-
stone and Lapidary Club accepts a grant for
$2400 from Cr Meg Edwards towards the
cost of a silversmith course for the group’s
Silver lining to
Short-term rego to ease financial pain
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