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Thinking about the Sermon - Parshat Pinchas

Last week in synagogue, I discussed the vexed problem of resolutions. Why do we have such a problem keeping them?

I suggested that the solution lies in identifying, not resolutions, but rituals.

A resolution is a goal we have in life but a ritual is what we are going to do to get there. Losing weight is a resolution. Going to gym every day is a ritual. Being a better spouse is a resolution. Calling one's spouse during the day to see how he or she is doing is a ritual.

  • Look at this study which finds that 40% of our daily activities are driven by habit.

  • Check out this app which allows you to track your goals and habits

  • Read this article providing seven ways to turn goals into action

#resolutions #rituals

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