New Year’s Resolutions – Bogus or Beneficial?

Just like almost everybody I know over the years I have made these great New Years Resolutions! I’m going to lose weight, quit smoking, be nicer, make a million bucks, etc…

And Just like most other people I spend the first couple of days of the new year really focused and intent on making things work this time. Then reality hits and all those resolutions get thrown out the window because of work, family, stress, life, etc…

So bogus or beneficial? Does it make sense to make resolutions? And what is the likelyhood of actually sticking to those resolutions?

My suggestion: scrap the resolutions!

They just don’t work for most people and only add guilt and unhappiness to our lives. How do you feel the first week or two of the new year after you have already gone back to your regular behavior? Don’t you feel unhappy and kind of irritated that you haven’t made these grandios changes in your life?

Why put yourself through all that and set a negative tone for the new year? The new year is a new beginning, it’s a fresh start on life…why would you want to do something that could cast a shadow over the entire year in the first month?

Let’s change the mindset…

Those of us that make these new years resolutions obviously have some changes in our lives that we want to make right? Well instead of pie in the sky resolutions let’s sit down and create some realistic goals and build out those goals into concrete steps that can realistically be achieved.

As an example, let’s say your new years resolution was to lose weight (probably the most popular resolution by the way).

How much weight do you want to lose?
By When?
For what reason?
How do you plan on achieving that?
Diet?
Exercise?
Developing healthy eating habits?
Why? Why? Why?

Answer those questions honestly and you will be halfway to the goal!

Let’s say you want to lose 50 pounds and keep it off for good. Great goal!

When do you want to achieve that? Yeah I know…yesterday! Let’s be realistic though. How about 5 pounds a month? That will get you to your goal before next New Year’s Eve.

How are you going to do that?

Will you watch what you eat? Go on Atkins? Walk 15 minutes per day?

Read some of the great articles on this site, read a good book or two on goal setting and then develop a goal plan and IMPLEMENT IT!

The pie in the sky resolutions have to go and in their place create a good, solid and realistic plan…enable yourself to succeed instead of setting yourself up for failure!

Eric

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One Response to New Year’s Resolutions – Bogus or Beneficial?

  1. I agree with you on this topic I stopped making resolutions a couple of years ago because I never stuck with them and just like you said I would end up feeling bad a couple of weeks into the new year. I like your idea about setting goals when it comes to the resolution. I would like to add one thing though if you are unhappy about something in your life why even wait until the new year why not make the change in your life when you realize that you are not happy about it. I know that is easier said than done most of the time, even for me who is saying it, but if you are serious about change there is no reason to wait until a later date start making the changes you are looking for now.

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