I just heard some fascinating news on the radio – YES, I still listen to the radio!
The announcer said that today, half way through January, 75% of New Year’s resolutions will be abandoned. What? 75%? It’s only two weeks into the New Year and the New You. What would make someone give up so quickly?
Then, as I was pointing my finger towards others, I noticed that four of my fingers were pointing back at me. How many times have I made the same resolutions year after year after year? I began to wonder why they seemed so hard to keep, and I came up with these five ideas:
1. Sometimes we get so excited and so ambitious and we make a LIST of resolutions. No wonder we become overwhelmed and discouraged. Try focusing on just ONE change. I know a year seems like a long time to work on only one thing, but just think how amazing it would be if you actually got that one thing accomplished, finished, done with, and never again to be seen on another New Year’s resolution list – ever again.
2. Be kind to yourself. If you falter today, start again tomorrow. Don’t beat yourself up or throw in the towel. This change will take time, and as my mother always said: “You have more time than money.”
3. Celebrate your success along the way. That doesn’t mean a hot fudge sundae if your goal is to lose weight, but maybe it could be something like taking time for a bubble bath or sharing a glass of wine with a friend.
4. Remember that you have a choice. My weakness is chocolate so I’m always struggling with losing those extra pounds. When I reach for that chocolate, I tell myself that I have a choice – I can eat that chocolate now or I can have a healthier body. Which is more important? If I’m honest, the chocolate does win out more often than I’d like to admit, but I’m working on that. Knowing that I have a choice helps me to put things in perspective.
5. Make your resolution a year long process, not just a one night statement. Work at it every day until it becomes a habit. I once heard someone say (and I paraphrase): I don’t need easy, I just need possible. Make your resolution a promise to yourself that is possible.
Well, let me know how it goes. Right now I’m going to make myself part of the 25% that have not given up on their resolutions. I’m working on making mine possible.