Here we are, settling into 2018. How are those New Year’s Resolutions going? The top five according to the Nielsen survey are:
- Stay fit and healthy
- Lose Weight
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Spend less, save more
- Spend more time with family and friends
In the top 10: Do NOT make any more New Year’s resolutions.
According to commonly cited statistics, only 8 percent actually keep their New Year’s resolutions which would explain why many people stop making them. We seem doomed to fail because we make too many, most are unrealistic, small failures cause us to quit and so on.
My personal take on why resolutions fail is because we really don’t take the time to understand why we choose the resolutions in the first place. Most obvious to me is because these are challenges and issues that we can’t seem to adapt to an everyday lifestyle. So once a year we make a promise to conquer our personal challenges and demons, thinking magically a new day, month and year will be the answer.
In order to truly make changes that are sustainable, it is crucial to look at ourselves and fully understand why we do the things we do. Food can comfort, alcohol can numb, and exercising is work and commitment. I guess the question becomes, “What do we like and what do we want?” When looking at a donut you might say, “I’d like to eat this donut, but I want to lose weight.” If that donut gets consumed you actually wanted the donut however would have liked to lose weight. Think about this.
The choices we make are truly the ones we want. So how do we get what we want, not simply what we’d like? My opinion has always been balance.
Habits can be changed. Attitudes can be altered. Most DO NOT come easily. Being mindful of why we make our choices is key. Hold up that mirror, stop the action, remind yourself of your goals, and be realistic. Most people did not gain weight overnight, therefore it won’t be lost overnight. Most people did not get into financial debt overnight therefore it can’t be fixed overnight.
Whether finishing a project around the house or altering your own behavior, take baby steps. My sister-in-law wanted to take her family on vacation when they were young and broke. Each time her family wanted to go out to eat, she prepared the meal at home. Purchases were made at discount stores often using coupons. The money she saved was then put into a large can. Within a year, she had saved enough money to take her family of four on a vacation to Hawaii. Her married daughter recently told her that this practice of saving money is alive and well in her own home today.
Many of us have imagination and are creative. Find ways to get achieve your goals. If you slip don’t say, “Oh well, I’ll start again next year.” There is nothing magical about a new year. It is simply a day or moment.
In my book, “12 Ways To Discover What Makes You Tick” I lovingly guide my readers to get to know themselves in ways they might have not previously done. I believe until we really know why we do what we do, it is virtually impossible to affect change.
You have one life. You have one body. Work on being the best version of yourself. I believe you will enjoy the benefits of starting and finishing goals that have previously eluded you.
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