New Years, it is a wonderful time isn’t it? It is the one night filled with some much opportunity, so much excitement, so much change. People everywhere celebrate on what a great year they had; while others hold on to the hope of potential of what this New Year can bring to them. Kids stay up late to bang on pots and pans while, some go to Time Square to watch the ball up close, and so many people make New Year’s Resolutions. I however, am not one of those people.
I get what the appeal behind New Year’s resolutions; they give people the chance to make a change in their life and start fresh. However, I think they do not work a lot of the time. I don’t say this to be a negative person; I say this to give people some tough love. I see it all the time, especially in the gym. The week after New Years the gym is packed. Everyone is in the gym to get back in shape and start living a healthier life. As the weeks go on, fewer and fewer people begin to show up and the gym goes back to the normal crew that is always there with maybe a few new comers that were able to stick it out.
The problem with resolutions is that they die down as the New Year’s buzz dies down. People get back into the swing of work, they get busy and either forget about their resolutions or simply don’t have time for them. Even the ones that last longer than normal don’t usually last the whole year. Think about the last time you remembered what your resolution was and actively stuck to it in August.
Another problem with resolutions is why do we only make them when the New Year comes? Is there some unwritten rule that we cannot make a change in ourselves in the middle of the year? We need a new year to come before we can start fresh? I do think so and that is why I do not make resolutions specifically for the New Year. As the year goes on, when I notice something I what to change about myself I make it a goal to change it. You don’t need a New Year to make this change.
Even though I don’t really agree with New Year’s resolutions, it still is a great time. It still gets people thinking about positive changes they want to make in themselves and that is the good part. So I will help you stick to your resolutions.
First, start thinking about them differently. Do not think about them as New Year’s resolutions, just think of them as goals you want to accomplish. If you do not attach the New Year’s theme to them, it is more likely they will last past the New Year’s buzz. Also, make your goals specific and measurable. Instead of saying I am going to get in shape and go to the gym, say you are going to lose 10 pounds and go to the gym at least 3 times a week. This allows you to really tell if you are meeting your goal instead of going once a week and saying, “Well I went to the gym like I said I would.” It also helps to put deadlines on the goals so you feel some pressure to get your goals accomplished.
Another thing that will help is to write down your goals. It is said that people who write their goals down are more successful than those that don’t. Write them on sticky notes and put them everywhere. Write it where you will see it every day to remind yourself what you want to accomplish. I challenge you to write a list of goals you want to accomplish and hang it somewhere. Get it laminated if you have to and hang it on the back of your door so you see it every time you leave. This will make it hard to forget what you wanted to accomplish and hopefully make you feel guilty when you are not on the right track.
I will take this challenge with you and post my own list. I am going to call it my 2013 Bucket List. I will create a page on my blog so that I can track my progress throughout the year and those of you who are interested can follow along. I will also add things throughout the year when I think of something else worth putting up. Like I said before you don’t need the New Year to make changes, so make sure your list keeps growing. However, don’t just add stuff because you know you can cross it out. This list should help you stick to your goals and hopefully motivate you to accomplish them, I know mine will. So go out and make your list, accomplish your goals, and have the best year so far!