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Be Better than A New Year Resolution

It happens every year. People set new goals for themselves that they failed to accomplish during the current year. Truthfully writing, more often than naught these resolutions are the same resolutions goals as the previous year, lose weight, exercise more, quit a bad habit, stop eating red meat to name a few.

These resolutions are things that people feel or know need to change in their lives, so it’s not that these resolutions are not to be taken serious these resolutions are not being attained because the people setting these goals aren’t’ ready to make the necessary changes. The timing isn’t right in their lives. And instead of setting yourself up for potential failure on not attaining these resolution(goals) in a year, setting a life time goal to simply do better makes it not seem like such a big hurdle.

There will come a point when enough is enough and they (you) will make the changes  needed but it won’t be as a resolution. It will be because they are no longer truly happy with the situations in their life and chances are when that moment comes, that change begins right then and there. Whether it’s in the middle of the year or at the end it won’t be a resolution it will be an awakening.

New Year resolutions rarely stick. I saw it for 11 years straight working in the Health and Fitness field as a ACE certified personal trainer. People start off strong for the first 2 months and after that they gradually fall off for various different reasons.

I encourage you to be better than a resolution this year. Don’t set a new year resolution goal, set a new life style changing goal. Understand that making a decision to change is easy but seeing that change come to fruition takes work and rarely do you see that change in a matter of months.

It’s a good thing that people want to make a resolution to do better because it means that there is a  part of them that is acknowledging that they are lacking in the area of their life that they want to improve on. There a very few things in life that we can do that will give us immediate change and most of the things that we choose as new resolutions aren’t one of them. They take time to get over the hump,  to the top of the struggle.

Whatever you are choosing this year choose it for a life time and gradually improve each day towards making that change. Throughout the year check back in on your progress, do it each quarter. Re-evaluate where you are on your goals at the end of March and so on and so on. Don’t get to the end of  the year and realize that you truly fell off your goal back in February.

As I tell myself and my friends… Be the change that you want to be you are in control of your life.

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  1. I think sometimes we are blinded by a trend or ‘the norm’! Nowadays its normal for everyone to make a new year’s resolution and although I knew what a resolution was, I still searched for its true meaning/definition. I wonder if people really know what it means or if they are just going along with the ‘new year’s norm/trend/resolution’?

    I recently read an article and it gave a definition for resolution that I was satisfied with…”It’s a ‘solution,’ meaning you are solving a problem, with the prefix ‘re,’ which usually means again. … We strive to solve a problem again and again and again”…”They tend to become empty promises to ourselves.”

    I agree with you…”These resolutions are things that people feel or know need to change in their lives, so it’s not that these resolutions are not to be taken serious these resolutions are not being attained because the people setting these goals aren’t ready to make the necessary changes. The timing isn’t right in their lives.” While the intentions are genuine, the timing and other contributing factors (mental, emotional, social, etc.) aren’t! Going back to the article I read, one of the contributors also stated, “Good health happens when the physical, emotional and social or environmental parts of our lives are in balance.” (I think you spoke about that in a previous blog). So unless everyone has an ‘a-ha’ moment or some grand epiphany, then nothing will change at the stroke of midnight of the new year!

    • We are definitely blinded by the norm. People just say things because other people do it or because setting a new resolution is what people do each year. I didn’t know that was the definition of resolution, thanks for giving me some knowledge on that.

      I also agree the statement about the balance of all the areas. I personally can attest to that.

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