Oh no, is it really almost January?
Crap! I’ve got 3 days to complete my new year’s resolutions that I laid out last January. Do you think I have enough time to lose 30 pounds, learn to speak Italian, and write a novel???
Why does this happen every year? We make a vow to stop being so lazy, sloppy, or selfish in the new year, but 12 months later, we’re still the same people we were on January 1.
Maybe we should…sigh…stop making new year’s resolutions? I always did like sitting on the couch…
No way! I say, don’t give up yet!
Sure, maybe you didn’t keep your resolutions this year (or any year), but there’s still hope that lasting change is possible for you and me.
There’s about 2.5 bajillion resources out there about how you can stick to your new year’s resolutions (and I’ll include some at the end of this post), so I won’t bore you with the same old stuff.
What can tell you are the things that helped make my resolutions achievable.
- Limit yourself to 1 or 2 goals. Any more than that and you’ll lose focus. It’s easier to move on to your next goal after you’ve been successful in establishing the first one.
- Create a very detailed plan. You know the saying, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”? Well, it’s true. Plan for every aspect or scenario, including how you’ll get back on track when (not if) you mess up. A pretty new planner helps too.
- Get as much support as possible. Tell all your friends and family about your goal and ask for their support. If you’re trying to lose weight, they’ll be less likely to offer you seconds if they know your goal. They might even want to join you!
I don’t think you should throw in the towel just because you might not have been able to keep your resolutions in the past. We should never stop trying to improve ourselves!
Are you making a new year’s resolution? If so, what is it? How are you preparing?