New Year's Resolution Backup Plans
It may have sounded good at the time, but your New Year's resolution may be impossible to keep. Don’t ditch it completely;
just go to plan B. Here is what we suggest.
Photo: © Image Source/Corbis, Text by: Catherine Clifford
Plan A: I will say “No” morePlan B
: Easy for a 2-year-old, but tougher for a lot of us post-toddlers. “We want people to like and respect us, we don’t want
to disappoint them,” says Frank Andrasik, Ph.D. It’s a two-step process: Respond automatically to every request by stalling:
“Let me check my calendar (or with my husband/boss/kids) to see what else I’ve got going on.” Then assess: Do you honestly
care about this person or project? Are you the only, or even the best person for it? If one of those answers is no, Dr. Andrasik
suggests that you beg off diplomatically by stating that you don’t have enough time to do the kind of job you’d want to.