"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pierce
January 1, 2024, is the beginning of a new year!! All of us have a choice to make. Will you live life as you did in 2023, or will you make some positive changes?
OH NO! Those changes are the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions. I usually start with great resolutions but am no longer motivated after three days. What about you? What are your resolutions?
New Year's resolutions often revolve around self-improvement and personal growth. Here are five common New Year's resolutions:
· Exercise More and Get in Shape: Many people resolve to prioritize their health and fitness in the new year by committing to regular exercise.
· Eat Healthier: Incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and whole foods while reducing the amount you eat is one way of achieving this goal.
The first two resolutions seem like a nice way of saying Lose Weight
· Quit Smoking or Reduce Alcohol Consumption: Smoking cessation and cutting down on alcohol intake are popular resolutions among individuals looking to improve their overall health and well-being.
· Manage Stress and Prioritize Mental Health: People often make resolutions to reduce stress and take better care of their mental health. This resolution may involve practicing mindfulness, seeking therapy, or finding stress-reduction techniques that work for them.
· Save Money and Manage Finances: Financial goals are frequently set for the new year, such as saving money, paying off debt, or creating a budget to achieve better financial stability.
While these are common New Year's resolutions, people can choose to focus on various aspects of their lives and set goals that align with their priorities. The key is to make specific, measurable, and achievable resolutions to increase the likelihood of success.
This year, same as last year, in 2024, I resolve to get healthier. Unfortunately, this year is a different scenario for me. A couple of weeks ago, I had a cardiac test and found that there were some abnormalities in my heart. They are reversible, but I will have to make some life changes. Those who read my blog regularly know I resist making healthier changes. I like food, don’t like to exercise, and I hate my CPAP. I feel like I MUST take this area of my life seriously. I want to live life and not have a heart attack.
Keeping New Year's resolutions can be challenging, but there are several strategies you can use to increase your chances of success:
· Set Specific Goals: Make your resolutions as specific as possible. Instead of a vague goal like "get in shape," set a clear objective like "exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week" or "lose 10 pounds by June."
· Break It Down: Divide your resolution into smaller, manageable steps or milestones.
· Create a Plan: Develop a detailed plan for achieving your resolution. Your plan might involve setting a schedule, finding resources or support, and identifying potential obstacles and how to overcome them.
· Use SMART Goals: SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
· Track Your Progress: Keep a record of your efforts and achievements. Journaling, using apps, or creating a visual representation of your progress can help you stay motivated.
· Stay Accountable: Share your resolutions with a friend or family member who can help keep you accountable.
· Reward Yourself: Celebrate your successes along the way. Rewarding yourself for achieving milestones can be a powerful motivator.
· Stay Flexible: Be prepared to adjust your plan if necessary. Life can be unpredictable, and you may need to adapt your approach to overcome challenges.
· Stay Positive: Maintain a positive attitude and focus on your progress rather than dwelling on setbacks or temporary lapses.
· Learn from Setbacks: If you slip up or face obstacles, don't be too hard on yourself. Use setbacks as opportunities to learn and improve your strategies.
· Stay Consistent: Consistency is critical to long-term success. Stick to your plan even when motivation wanes.
· Seek Professional Help: Depending on your resolution, consider consulting with professionals who can provide guidance and expertise, such as a personal trainer, nutritionist, therapist, or financial advisor.
· Visual Reminders: Create visual reminders of your resolutions. Post notes or images in places where you'll see them regularly to keep your goals top of mind.
Remember that change takes time, and setbacks are a natural part of the process. Be patient and persistent, and don't give up if you face challenges along the way. Adjust your approach as needed and keep your eye on the long-term benefits of achieving your resolutions.
January 1st can be the first day of the rest of your life.
Have a happy and safe New Year!