New Year’s Resolutions
It always starts out the same way. I create a list of things that I want to change in my life in the New Year, my resolutions. Some years I want to wake up early and work out before work, other years I want to get more organized or save money. Then there is the annual resolution to lose weight.January usually goes pretty well. My New Year’s Resolutions start, I am usually very ambitious. This is going to be the year I keep my resolutions! I join a gym, run a few miles, eat more salads and open a savings account. Then laziness creeps in, I go to the gym less and my savings account is seeing more debits than credits. All of a sudden, it is the end of October and I haven’t seen the inside of the gym in 4 months. I haven’t lost weight or toned up and my account balance is -$5.00. Sound familiar? Well, we are not alone. According to a study done at the University of Scranton, 92% of people fail at their New Year’s resolutions. 92%!!
Why do Our New Year’s Resolutions Fail?
So, why despite my best intentions do my resolutions fail? Well…
- Lack of Planning: We all have the best of intentions: get healthy, lose weight, and get organized. Making resolutions in the New Year is a great first step. However, it isn’t enough. Sure you have your resolution, but do you have a realistic map of how to get there?I say I want get organized. How do I plan on doing this? Perhaps, if I devise a strategy to attack my chaotic life, I may be more likely to organize myself in the New Year. If I plan that I will go through the hall closet in January, organize the bathroom cabinets in February and donate clothes I am not using in March, I will be setting realistic milestones that will lead to my ultimate goal of organizing my life in the New Year.
- Unrealistic Resolutions: It is great to be ambitious and to dream big for the New Year. However, setting your goals too high is the best way to get frustrated and give up. It is actually better to set small goals and allow them to change and grow as the year takes shape.For me, waking up early to go the gym every morning is not realistic. Especially when you consider that I probably have woken up early for the gym twice last year. A more realistic resolution would be to wake up early to go to hit the gym once or twice a week to begin. Ease into your goals and see how it goes. Don’t forget to celebrate the small milestones on your way to the big resolution.
- Too Many Resolutions: Enthusiasm is great, however making too many resolutions is simply taking on too much and setting you up for failure. It is great to set goals and make changes, however don’t overwhelm yourself; you will burn out and end up not completing any of your resolutions.I have a bad habit of forgetting that I am still the same person I was on December 31st at 11:59 pm. So deciding to wake up early, diet, save money and organize is too much for this late sleeping, junk food eating shopper! As much as I like to pretend, I am not wonder woman. Choose the resolution you feel the most passionate about and work on that one.
Other helpful tips:
- Recruit Friends to Help:
It also helps to have an accountability buddy. Choose a friend who will be your cheerleader and coach, someone who will celebrate your small milestones and help you get back on track when you start to stray from your goal path.
- Stay Positive: Positive thoughts breed positive actions. Keep positive and keep trying to achieve your goals.
So Good luck and Happy 2016!
If you enjoyed reading this, please subscribe to the Blog Edition of the Loiselle Ledger, the official newsletter of Loiselle Insurance. As a subscriber you’ll receive bi-monthly emails highlighting our latest blog posts.