Do New Year Resolutions Really Work?

Before summer even ended, I noticed that stores had already put up displays for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Now, barely into October, I see advertisements for Christmas. No wonder the months and years fly by.

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This got me thinking about all of the people who plan on waiting until the first of January to implement the New Year resolutions that they have put off for yet another year. The diet. More exercise. Cleaning out the garage. Going back to school. Being nicer. Volunteering time at shelters. And so the list continues.

I found myself going over a blog that I wrote two years ago on this very subject. It dawned on me that making and then breaking, New Year resolutions is actually a lifestyle. Those who truly make the changes they desire in their lives really don’t need a magical date. The ones who actually achieve their goals do it quietly by making small and large changes on a daily basis throughout the year.

Is there a reason you are putting off your dreams and wishes for another two and a half months? If you can relate to the following blog that I wrote over two years ago and you are laughing, I challenge you to start today. Make a list of the things you would like to change. Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what it will take to attain your goals. Then find a way to make it happen.

I published the following blog in December, 2013.

The accepted definition of insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. I would venture to say that if this were really true, we would all fall under the insanity definition at some point in our lives.

I consider myself relatively rational, pretty much grounded, fairly pragmatic, understanding and for the most part accepting of other people’s points of views and visions.

To my friends who are now screaming, “ARE YOU KIDDING”? I did use words like ‘relatively’, ‘fairly’, and, ‘for the most part’.

So, with this in mind, I do have to wonder why year after year and decade after decade I hear the same promises, and New Year resolutions from the people in my life. To say that I am not guilty of this myself would not be entirely truthful.

I haven’t always known what is good for me, but I have pretty much always known what isn’t. I haven’t always known what works for me, but I have pretty much always known what doesn’t.

So my thoughts at this moment as I look at the end of yet another year and the beginning of a new one are: 

  1. What changes will I make?
  2. What will I continue to put up with?
  3. And what will next year bring to my family, my friends and me?

As another year now comes to an end may your hopes stay high and your dreams be realized. If you want kindness, be kind. If you want understanding, be understanding. And, if you want to achieve your goals, don’t let anything or anybody get in your way.

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2 thoughts on “Do New Year Resolutions Really Work?

  1. Larry says:

    I never Make New Years resolutions ever I live one day at a time. It is what it is. I don’t give up anything for Lent either can not promise what I know may happen or NOT Just Sayin.

  2. Roni says:

    When you are true to yourself and your beliefs New Years resolutions are not necessary. Very few people actually walk the walk.

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