Do you realize that New Year’s Resolutions are the number one way to consistently set yourself up for failure? It probably starts with the fact that we can never have just one (resolution that is), there’s always two or three things that we feel need to be done or done better in the New Year.
Why is that do you think? Did you (your life, your clothes, your health, whatever) really suck that bad in the old year that you need to make a list of ten things to change right now or die trying? And sure you may get to scratch one thing off the list, but what about the other 9? Come to think of it – why are New Year’s Resolutions usually the same from year to year? Isn’t that kinda creepy in a Groundhog Day sorta way?
When my children were young I started Christmas shopping in January. I was able to buy presents for just about everyone (including extended family and employees) without taking out a bank loan to pay for it all. My strategy was simple, buy a few presents each month – out of season and at a very low price. In December I would buy each child one “it” gift like a cabbage Patch kid or Teddy Ruxpin.
I think that we would all be more successful in our personal make0vers if we applied a similar strategy. Need to blog more? Start today, create a stockpile so that you will have posts that you can schedule well into the year. Want to quit smoking? Smoke one less cigarette every day or week for the rest of the month, you may find that you’ve already quit by New Year’s.
Weight loss and fitness are huge and one or the other will probably appear on your resolutions list. People often say that they need to lose the weight that they gained during the holiday season or need to get back into the fitness routine that they neglected during the holiday season. Don’t blame the holiday season for the bad habits that you let yourself fall into because it’s the holidays. Get your fitness in when and where you can – 10 minute walk after lunch, hit the weights for 10 minutes after dinner (or do this free boot camp workout)
Believe me, I know how hard it i s to say “No” to all the Christmas cookies and other goodies at work and at home. That’s why I used Cheat on all of my Thanksgiving food, I just sprinkled a little bit on everything and it absorbed 25% of the calories that I ingested. For example if I ate 5000 calories then the Cheat helped me to eliminate 1250 of those calories. A good strategy would be to enjoy all the holiday goodies and use a little Cheat when you do.
Bottom line – whatever your New Year’s resolution – to see more clearly, love more dearly, follow more nearly – don’t wait for January 1st, start now and do it day by day to ensure success!