So what’s your New Year’s Resolution? Did you make any yet? What is it about the New Year that makes people want or believe that they need to make a New Year’s Resolution? As a result of my resolutions over the past several years; I have spent an amount of money on annual gym memberships that probably could have financed most third-world countries. Yet, now in my mid-40s I have a belly that lies uncomfortably over my belt – didn’t see a lot of the gym.
Resolutions typically serve to correct something that needs improvement in our lives – often these include specific areas of our lives such as personal, professional, relationship, etc. The timing typically is the result of reflection on the year ending and a desire to improve the quality of life in the coming year. The difficulty with most New Year’s Resolutions is that they are overly ambitious or simply there are too many of them. In addition, most people set New Year’s Resolutions with all good intentions but often overlook the reasons and/or obstacles that have prevented or discouraged them from achieving these goals the previous year.
How many of us have made resolutions that we were going to drink less, quit smoking, better manage our finances and call our mother more – all in the same year? Needless to say, this bold set of goals is destined to fail. How are you going to manage the stress of your finances if you don’t smoke? Depending on the relationship with your mother, you may need a drink if you are going to be calling her more.
Obviously, the key to any successful New Year’s Resolution is to create limited and measureable goals. Limit yourself to one resolution. Once you complete it……….set yourself an Easter Resolution or Independence Day Resolution. There is no law in the land that requires personal resolutions to be created only at the beginning of each year.
But obviously………..this is the only the opinion of one hypocritical man. A man who has just limited himself to one cup of coffee each morning (vs. his usual six), will begin getting a full eight hours of sleep, workout three days a week and decided to read more than watch television. In addition, he somehow was recruited into his wife’s New Year’s Resolution of having her husband rub her feet a minimum of three times a week. (I still think I need to check the rule book on the last one).