Each year, January marks a new beginning. What are you hoping to achieve in 2021? While setting goals is easy, sticking to them is another matter entirely. Only eight percent of Americans are successful at achieving their New Year's resolutions. This year don't fall into the "I can't" slump. Pick a resolution that's achievable and follow through. Need some inspiration to get you started? Here are some of the most popular New Year's resolutions, as well as some tips to help you achieve your goals.

  1. Get Healthy: Any time is a great time to start looking at wellness, but January is especially a good time, since you may be surrounded by other people who are hoping to achieve wellness resolutions. Healthy eating, exercise, and outdoor recreation are all good ways to get started toward better health. You can find all of these at your installations! Additionally professionally trained Health Promotion staff are available at fitness centers on most Marine Corps installations to help you achieve fitness goals or to create nutrition plans.
  2. Get Organized: January is a great time to set yourself up for success in the new year. LifeSkills Training and Education offers courses that cover topics such as emergency preparedness, home safety, and developing a family care plan.
  3. Save More: Don't be caught off guard next year. Begin saving today for next year's education expenses, holiday gifts, birthday celebrations, anniversaries and travel. Your installation Personal Financial Management Program has a new workshop to help you recognize the messages and habits that may be sabotaging your financial goals. "Your Money Personality" is a fun and interactive workshop that will help you identify patterns in your spending habits. Contact your local Personal Financial Management Specialist (PFM) today to schedule your workshop today.
  4. Give Back: Volunteering benefits you and your unit by promoting a positive representation of the unit to the community, building camaraderie, encouraging social responsibility and by providing leadership development opportunities. To learn about the volunteer opportunities in your area contact your installation's Volunteer Coordinator.
  5. Learn something new: A variety of do-it-yourself services, instructional classes, resources, and services are available to Marines and families via Community Centers and Child and Youth Programs. Other classes available to Marines and families include LifeSkills Training and Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation.
  6. Quit smoking: Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, increasing your risks of lung disease, cancer, and heart attacks. Ready to quit? Contact your local Health Promotion office to register for the Operation Tobacco-Free Marine tobacco cessation workshop!
  7. Spend more time with family: The Marine Corps offers several resources for dealing with stress and conflicts. LifeSkills offers classes in conflict management, communication, building healthy relationships and more. Find a course near you. The Community Counseling Program and Military Onesource are also available.

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