New Year's Resolution: To Do or Not To Do?
It’s 11:55pm on December 31st and I just realized – I never decided on a resolution! Darn it. Hmm… well, I’ll just say lose weight because, well because it’s always a good one and who knows, maybe if I say it, it’ll happen… NOT!
Sound familiar? Sometimes I’ve come up with a New Year’s resolution months in advance and other resolutions I don’t select until mid-January. Sadly, either way, most of them still fizzled out well before April. Everyone has their reasons and excuses for what they decide and if they succeed, but out of the 45% of Americans who usually make New Year’s Resolutions, only 8% actually achieve them.
Reason Why New Year’s Resolutions are Good
Setting goals is a part of life. It challenges us to do better, be better, and step outside of our comfort zone. Then, once you’ve completed your goal, you’ll feel accomplished and it’ll give you a confidence boost to challenge yourself again and again. Developing realistic expectations and allowing room for unexpected setbacks are keys to success for New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe your resolution doesn’t always have to involve weight loss, smoking, or becoming BFFs with your mother-in-law. Maybe you could try to stop overreacting when a family member annoys you, throw away socks without a mate (in my house this would mean we have to go out and buy new socks pronto) or something less predictable.
Reasons to Avoid New Year’s Resolutions
Failing is also part of life; however, it’s not a very fun part. And when you set unrealistic goals, you are setting yourself up for failure. “I’m going to lose weight, spend less money, and complete a marathon!” Wow, that sounds awesome, but as Huffington Post suggests “when we take on too much at once, our brain chemistry works against us. Successful resolutions require self-control -- say, the self-control to wake up early and run five miles -- and self-control is an exhaustible resource.” Exhaustible… that sounds like me at this time every year! Focus on one, attainable goal at a time, and maybe we’ll both be celebrating in the new year!
So, where do you fall – are you “for” resolutions or “against” resolution?
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