It’s getting close to that time of the year again, the holidays are in full swing too much glutton on our waist lines, brains, and wallets. So we start preparing for a new year and everyone makes a commitment, a comment, or an attempt of the biggest new year resolution they are going to keep. So just remember “keep” is the big word here but before I get to that allow me to share with you a part of the meaning of this whole resolution thingamajig and why people start out on a new year that I found from Wikipedia, “a tradition….in which a person makes a promise to do an act of …self improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.”
Improving physical appearance and weight loss
Improving mental thinking, a more well being attitude
Improving finances, saving more money, getting out of debt
Spending more time with family and friends
Getting more in line spiritually
Being involved in environmental issues and saving a cause.
These so called promises to ourselves, is a sort of the means of wiping the slate clean turning a new page in life. Unfortunately many people have a hard time keeping up with this new commitment and after a few weeks into the new year things start sliding backward.
I don’t think I said it yet, but I hate the whole new year resolution and what it does to people. Why do people put themselves through this? I would have to say that it is just another tradition people are accustom almost brain washed by the media, to do on a certain date.
How many of these so called “promises to your self” have you committed to in the last year or two, or your lifetime? How many have you broken.? Okay so you broke a promise to yourself, obviously you get over it or just totally forget about it and you move on. Hey 2016 is almost here, so do you have you resolution or promise all set to keep and will you be prepared to start working it on that first day?
From all the talk about making and keeping resolutions here is a brief breakdown:
- The percentage of Americans that do make them is just about 50%
- The number of Americans who never make them comes out to about 38%
- The other 12% are just wishy washy and can not decide on what side of the fence they want to be on.
- The percentage of Americans who are successful in their resolution is about 8%
- So the portion of Americans who fail on their resolution….hmmm… I stopped trying to figure it out. (perhaps I failed).
Some people make these resolutions as a way to re-invent themselves, they make these promises on the hopes that with a new year and with little effort, things will change dramatically, making wonderful revelations, unfortunately things just do not go right and the individual and any work involved starts drifting.
What makes everything slide down hill or to be completely abandoned is that people are not completely ready to make changes in their habits, and as the saying goes “bad habits are hard to break” so goes that wonderful idea, that “keep” promise to oneself.
Apparently the majority of people have absolutely no goals or dreams, and do not know how to set obtainable resolutions or have no true desire to change their future outcome.
Obviously LIFE and all the different avenues we have, get in the way.
Setting and achieving any type of new year resolution takes a lot more then just stating you are going to do something.
It takes change, most people do not want to change or do not know how to change
It takes work, hard work and commitment
It takes knowing how to change your behavior
It takes changing your thinking, and your thinking patterns
Not surprising if the goals or resolutions are not properly prepared for and worked accordingly, things start slipping and failure is just around the corner.
Here is a few tips to help you in your resolution setting:
1.It does not have to start with the New Year! Maybe you will not be ready to start at this time, perhaps a different day, month, or season would work out better for you.
2. Take one step at a time! Do not declare you are going to lose 50 pounds, keep it to yourself and start out with 10 pounds, (your mind can more easily accept and believe in losing 10 pounds than 50).
3. Do one resolution, don’t set yourself up for immediate failure by setting up an unacceptable amount that will put you into overload.
4. Reward yourself along the way, I actually give myself a pat on the back and make a comment out loud when I accomplish something. I feel great knowing I got something done and I don’t have to wait for someone else to notice or comment to me (go ahead give your self a pat on the back).
5. Concentrate and focus on making changes in your thinking and behavior.
6. Learn to make a plan, write it down, where and what you have when you are starting and where you want to be in a specific amount of time.
You have to create your own positive thinking and achieving high standard patterns…just make sure you are doing it correctly for yourself. Make sure you have the right tools to go along with you plan.
Learn to accommodate, automate, revitalize, reorganize, rethink…figure out how to set and achieve your own personal new year resolution and get the results you desire.
The whole resolution thing is totally up to you. The biggest thing is not to give up. Getting back to that word “keep” it could turn out to be a big word and a bigger commitment if you allow it. So learn to be in control, learn to improve your lifestyle, figure out how to keep those resolutions.