Don’t get me wrong.
I’m all for bettering oneself in life.
I just don’t plan to set myself up for failure in 2017.
With all the new projects that I’ve got in mind for 2017, I’d rather just do the best I can and ask for grace for the remainder.
Ray Williams confirms my reasoning in his Psychology Today post from 2010, “Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail.” He cites John Norcross from the Journal of Clinical Psychology, who says that something like 50% of people make New Year’s resolutions. The resolutions include the usual: dieting, working out, stop smoking, and whatever. According to Williams, Dr. Avya Sharma (of Canadian Obesity Network) says that people set unrealistic goals and expectations. Peter Herman et all coined, “false hope syndrome.”
So here are my 7 tips on successful New Year’s resolutions: (Based on Mr. William’s article.)
1. One at a time. Instead of making a whole list of resolutions, maybe we can focus on just one thing.
2. Make them realistic. We probably won’t each lose 25 pounds in a month.
3. Baby steps. Okay, so this is my idea. “The ‘Burbs” is one of my favorite flicks! (Wait, oops…that’s on Mr. William’s list for #4!!!)
4. Make it a year-long goal. Again, you have to be realistic. I don’t know, maybe we could challenge each other to walk at least 30 minutes a week as a good start?
5. Accountability! Get a friend, spouse, or child to hold you accountable.
6. One day at a time. If I think of walking 30 minutes a day for the rest of my life, I’m like, “Ughhhhhhhhh.” Again…small changes!
7. If you’ve read this far, please know that I love you, love you, love you!!! You are truly a loyal Reader. Happy New Year!