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Well, News-Gazette readers, we can (almost) cross January off of our calendars for 2019. It seems like 2018 flew by, and January lasted a lifetime. Do you feel the same way?

Now that we’ve got the first month of the year under our belts, it’s time to check in to see how everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are holding up. Have you been sticking to yours? 

If you want to be featured in an upcoming article for the Osceola News-Gazette, write to us! Share your 2019 resolutions with me at jdidomenico@osceolanewsgazette.com. Tell me your resolution, whether or not you have been keeping up with it, and, if you have been, how you are managing to do so.

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5 ways to set goals... and keep them 

• Start small. 

If you’re setting a solid goal for yourself, you might want to start with a few smaller ones to get there. It’s important to have one large end goal in mind - but it’s even more important to know that it’ll take more than just one step to achieve it. Write down your end goal, and set smaller “stepping stone” goals to help you make your way to the end. 

• Keep a log.

Document your journey. Take note of what you like and don’t like, and what you feel like you’re doing right and wrong. Make notes of when each stepping stone goal is achieved, and plan ahead to know when you might reach that end goal. 

• Track your progress. 

Continue your log with progress check-ups. For example, if you are taking on the challenge of getting into better shape, take progress photos. You may not like what you see at the beginning, but — if you stick to your routines and regimen — you will enjoy the comparison to your start photos and end results.

• Talk to other people about their goals. 

It’s important to surround ourselves with people who will push and motivate us to be better versions of ourselves. Hanging around people who aren’t motivated to better themselves isn’t going to get you anywhere. Surround yourself with like-minded people, or join an online social media group where you can chat about your goals.  

• Never stop setting goals.

Once you reach your end goal, set another. The feeling of achievement will feel good, and motivate you to keep moving forward.