We’re into the second week of the new year and if you made any New Year’s Resolutions, chances are you’ve already broken most of them. Statistically only about 8% of us actually keep them. Which is why I personally don’t make any.
Some of the top resolutions made each year include:
Enjoying life to the fullest
Living a healthier lifestyle
Spending more time with family and friends
Saving more and spending less
Paying down debt
I spent January first in my pajamas, lounging in bed and reading, and eating chili cheese dogs and chips. Nothing healthy about the day but it was quite relaxing after all the holiday hustle. And my husband got to watch football uninterrupted so it was a great day for both of us. There was quite a bit of chocolates and snacks still waiting to be enjoyed so I made sure to eat a lot of those too. I figured after a day of being lazy and eating my version of comfort foods, well, things could only improve! So instead of feeling bad on that first day of the year because I already broke a resolution, I felt pretty good. (And full…ha!)
Back in the day when I did make resolutions I always set myself up for failure by being totally unrealistic. Expecting myself to totally change every bad habit I had in one day. I’m going to wake up on the first and suddenly have enough willpower that I’ll never smoke again, only eat healthy foods, and run a couple of miles. I will also miraculously come to love doing housework, the floors will always shine and the catboxes will always be fresh. Right.
Back in the day, when I had more of a full-steam ahead or nothing type of personality, I would spend a week or so feeling like a total failure because I couldn’t keep those resolutions. Not a good way to start off a new year.
Now I strive to just do or be a little better. To just try to be in the moment better. Enjoying what’s going on now versus fretting about things in the past or yet to happen. This year I want to make more time for fun moments. For memories versus things. I want less clutter so I waste less time organizing and cleaning it all. I want to more involved in what’s going on in my community and how I can better give in areas I have a passion for. To make a difference even if it’s just putting a smile on someone’s face or saying a kind word.
So I’m feeling pretty positive about not making any resolutions and after all the junk food I was actually craving some healthy greens.
And if you made resolutions, and have already broken them, cut yourself some slack and remember, there’s always tomorrow. And baby steps may be slower but they will get you to your destination too.
The small percentage of people who do keep resolutions use these seven “secrets.” Practical ideas that actually could help you achieve some of your own personal goals…
What about you? Anyone make resolutions that you’ve kept so far? Any resolutions that show up on your list year after year? Do you feel bad if you do break resolutions? We’d love to hear from you.