The new year is upon us. Time to reflect on the year that is over and consider what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. Otherwise known as New Year’s Resolutions. I have mixed feelings about NYRs. On one hand, NYRs are all about changing or establishing new habits, which is a good thing. But, NYRs have never worked for me and rarely work for most people. The enthusiasm and motivation on January 1st (or this year I think you get a free pass until January 4th, since the new year begins on a Friday, start on Monday) for change, wears off. By the end of January, many NYRs have already gone by the wayside.
There are probably many reasons for NYRs to fail. Two reasons, in particular, come to my mind. One, you shoot for the moon, when down the street would do. People aim too high, it’s too much, so they end up doing nothing. I think small incremental change succeeds more often.
Two, your resolution is too vague with no plan for success. I will lose weight, or eat better, or get in shape in 2016. Resolutions without a particular goal are destined to fail. I will lose 5 pounds by February 15th is still hard, and you may fail but having a tangible, realistic goal can help you put the necessary habits in place that will hopefully get you to your goal.
I am happy with my diet and exercise habits. There is certainly a lot of temptation around the holidays, and I have eaten more [Read more…] about Do you have plans to make this year the best ever?