Start the new year with commitments for a new you.
The tradition of making resolutions at the start of the New Year dates back nearly 4,000 years. It’s believed the residents of Babylon were the first people to make vows, promising their gods to make improvements in the coming year. It’s also likely that the tradition of not keeping those resolutions also began around that time.
In fact, there’s a lot of research dedicated to discovering why such a high percentage of resolution-makers fail to complete their goals. One of the main reasons: making goals that are too lofty or unrealistic.
To keep your resolutions this year we recommend you follow the KISS principle and most importantly: make them fun!
KISS Those Failed Resolutions Goodbye
That’s right. Keep It Simple Silly.
Experts suggest setting small, incremental goals rather than one all-encompassing change. Rather than the typical “lose weight” goal, accomplishing resolutions in a series of smaller, more attainable goals set you up for better success.
• Instead of lose 20 pounds try: shed two pounds a month
• Instead of travel try: act like a tourist in my own city
• Instead of start a new hobby try: purchase a cross-stitch starter kit
• Instead of write a bestseller try: journal three times a week
The age-old concept of taking baby steps is tried and true. Use it when making your resolutions this year.
Replacement Goals Instead of Hip Replacement
Another recommendation for making realistic resolutions is to keep your unique abilities in mind. At this point in life, resolutions change from things like hitting the gym five days a week to simply staying active. If the ol’ bones can’t take some of the more strenuous activities you used to enjoy, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a replacement that will be just as rewarding.
This is a great opportunity to try something new.
Here’s a list of replacements to try this year:
• Replace downhill skiing with that snowshoeing yurt trip you’ve been wanting to take.
• Try paddleboarding to replace jet skiing or other more strenuous watersports.
• Maybe parasailing is out of the question but flying high in a hot air balloon will still get the adrenaline pumping.
• If marathoning is a memory, participate in a walk/run to stay active and support a local charity.
It might not be practical to run away with the circus, but who says you can’t learn to juggle?
Go For It
Of course, there’s a group of us who don’t make resolutions at all. We tend to get stuck on the idea that we’re too old or we’ve waited too long. Nonsense! Make 2019 the year you finally resolve to take Nike’s advice and “Just Do It!”
They don’t have to be big changes. It’s the little things that can have lasting impact. Here are some ideas to get you started.
• Buy and eat more fresh fruit and veggies.
• Book your doctor’s appointments for the whole year so you don’t miss any important checkups.
• Make walking a daily habit and listen to podcasts or audio books — just be careful and alert if you’re walking outdoors.
• Make a commitment to volunteer on a monthly — or even weekly — basis for your favorite local organization.
• Replace an hour of television each week with an hour socializing with friends.