First off let me say this, New Year’s resolutions aren’t bad. It’s never wrong to set goals for yourself. I have set one for myself which is to lose the last remaining 25 lbs by the summer. Most resolutions I see revolve around trying to kick a bad habit i.e. quit smoking, exercising more, eat less sugar, start saving more money, start that early morning run, watch less TV etc. The thing that bugs me about New Year’s resolutions is that people wait till Jan. 1st to make changes.
Health Tip: If you are already putting off changing your life to “another day” you’ve failed before you’ve even started.
I have no actual data to support this but I’d venture a guess that the percent of people who achieve their New Year’s resolution is in the teens. Think about it. How many people do you know who stuck with their resolution? So the question is why? In my opinion people are serious about making changes. It’s the perfect time of the year. Why not start off fresh and on the right path? Sounds like a solid mindset to me. Problem is if you weren’t willing to make the change in September, June, March or May why is it conceivable to think it will work in January? Hint: It doesn’t have to be this way.
Of course, some will use this as an excuse to not make a change at all. This is an EPIC FAIL! I have more respect for those who try and fail than those who never try at all. What if Sir Isaac Newton put off that whole idea of gravity? The founding fathers waited till January to right the Declaration of Independence? You can’t lose weight if you don’t start exercising and eating right. You’ll never grow your savings account if you don’t actually start putting money in it.
So January is just as good of time as any to make changes but the key is making those changes realistic. Saying you’re going to lose 100 lbs in a year isn’t very realistic. If you can only save $50 extra a month it doesn’t make sense to say you’re going to put an extra $5,000 in the bank by 2011. You can’t expect to run a mile without stopping your first time out.
Maybe your “resolution” should only be on a month-month basis? By renewing your goals each and every month your chance of success sky rockets. This will also keep you from procrastinating and you’ll see victory a lot more during the year. Also, try having a compatibility partner. Support is the key to success and if that support comes from someone who’s had victory in that area your chances of attaining said goal almost doubles right off the bat.
New Year’s resolutions = Good. Not keeping them doesn’t necessarily = bad. Making them stick and being successful = AWESOME! If I can be of any help to you with setting your goals please let me know!
Happy New Year and be well!