When did New Year’s resolutions become so unpopular? I just read a Time Magazine article suggesting that New Year’s resolutions have come to be associated with failure. That’s depressing. What better time to evaluate where you are and where you want to be than at the start of a brand new year?!
I first remember writing New Year’s resolutions in elementary school, and I bet I’ve written one or a few most every year since then. Writing resolutions is hopeful and optimistic—even if they don’t work out as expected. A failed resolution (or two, or three, or 500!) is no reason to give up.
It’s the same flawed logic that a dieter uses when going off the diet to eat ice cream…there’s the thought, “what the heck,” and next thing you know, the dieter is bingeing. Same with resolutions: just because you haven’t mastered the process, don’t throw in the towel. Just be smarter this year. It’s bound to work out eventually as long as you don’t lose faith in the trying.
In 2015, think of your resolution as an ongoing self-improvement project. Be prepared to do the little things that lead to a great outcome. Don’t fixate on WHAT you are trying to accomplish; instead, think about HOW you will accomplish it. Feed your motivation by regularly revisiting people and/or resources that can provide refreshing approaches and inspiration.
You’ll be most successful if you recognize the patience, commitment, and hard work it takes to see your project through to completion.
And speaking of seeing it through to completion, why not baby step it?! Start with a one-month plan, or maybe a three-month plan. Beat the odds by holding yourself accountable for a more reasonable and realistic amount of time. Success leads to more success. Your short term self improvement project will eventually lead to bigger and more lasting changes!
Let’s be smart, reasonable, and successful as we ponder, self reflect, and goal set. Let’s prove all the data wrong and bring back the New Year’s resolution for 2015!
To a happy, healthy New Year,