Well, it is that time of year again…everyone is talking about their New Year’s Resolutions. People want to lose weight, eat healthier, get fit, drink less, quit smoking, get out of debt. All things that they can honestly do any time of the year. I think everyone who makes resolutions knows that starting them on this one particular day doesn’t mean that they will be successful, but it is the idea of a new year – a new chance, an opportunity for change. A glimmer of hope.
Way back in the day I was a Weight Watchers devotee. I always knew that for the first month or so of the new year you would need to come extra early to get weighed in because the line was out the door with all the new people signing up and weighing in. And then, around the end of January / early February, the group would go back to the “pre-New Year” group. In a way, you always felt bad – you still held that glimmer of hope for them when they had lost theirs.
For many reasons, I’ve decided not to make New Year’s Resolutions. If I am going to make a change, I am not going to wait for a specific day to do it. That being said, I have a challenge for all those who are making resolutions. Don’t give up. If your resolution doesn’t get traction in the first few weeks or months, don’t give up. Stick with it, even if it means reevaluating your goal and your path to get there and try again. You can make a change any day, don’t pin it all on January 1st. It is just a day. No more, no less.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
– Abraham Lincoln