New Years` Resolutions have a bad image.
When I was younger, almost everyone was doing them, but eventually, they fell out of favour. Waiting for New Years Day to start or stop doing something was deemed an excuse for procrastionation.
I started making New Years` Resolutions again a couple of years ago. This was mainly due to a Turning Point, but it felt good – the proverbial first page of a blank book.
Also, there is always a lot of support in January – gyms and slimming clubs waive their joining fees, there is extra advice on smoking cessation and special offers on replacement products, and if you want to learn something, there`s usually classes starting in January. As for our environment, just about everybody wants to cut down after Christmas, on food and on spending. I think January is the perfect time
Which doesn`t mean I wait.
One of my New Years` Resolutions for 2018 is getting fit, so I started going to the gym again in mid December. I used to be a member but cancelled, because I was no longer entirely happy with it and didn`t use it enough. I wanted to try how I feel being back before I take a new membership, or alternatively try a couple of other gyms in my area before committing to one come January, when the special offers are on. Turned out I love being back, but starting before Christmas also removed the excuse to overindulge over the festive period – full belly doesn`t excercise. For the same reason, I also started the second Resolution before Christmas, which is less drinking.
Once I make a decision I am keen to act while the motivation is still strong, but to me, the New Year is a perfect opportunity to enrol some support, which includes telling people of my plans, so I`ll be held accountable and maybe even get myself a buddy.
It (well, New Year`s Eve) is also a good day for stock taking, which I think most of us do, regardless of whether we had New Years` Resolutions or not.
I wrote mine into my diary, saying what I want to start or reduce doing (I don`t do stopping very well…), how I measure success (how much reduction?) and when I want to have established my habit or achieved my goal by.
My New Years`Resolutions
GET FIT: excercise (gym or run outside) 2 days, rest one, unless ill, busy or on holiday
DRINK LESS: special occasions only
LOSE 4.5kg (= get down to a specific weight) by 31.4.2018 and maintain. Review 31.12.18
Fix or end two specific NEGATIVE FRIENDSHIPS. Review 31.12.2018
More WEEKEND ACTIVITIES with my other half – at least once a month
What is your stance on New Years Resolutions, and if you do them, what are they?