You hear from various sources that resolutions at New Years are too difficult to keep. Such resolutions should therefore be avoided, as should all risk of failure, or potential achievement, this time of year. Therefore, these sources are saying, be noncommittal in self improvements and avoid exposure of weaknesses – if only to yourself – in the event something unpleasant should occur. So you don’t follow through.
I say what’s the harm in embracing the possibility of disappointment when the possibility of success (even in its simplest form, perhaps, like walking up a few flights of stairs) is also likely? If it takes a date on the calendar to make a few positive lifestyle changes then friggin’ go for it.
A few of my resolutions from recent years are listed below; I think my success rate on most was about 75%. You’ll notice that some of the resolutions have me re-committing or re-dedicating myself. That’s acceptable too. Maybe you get 3 or 4 months out of a new resolution then, hey, try to accomplish that one again!
- Have better posture;
- Eat more eggs;
- Wear my hair down more often;
- Do 25 sit-ups each day;
- Re-commit to keeping a secret diary;
- Re-dedicate myself to the chore of daily diabetes foot care. Ick.
- Try not to walk like a lumberjack.
(As a side note, I do have to confess that one year my resolution was to NOT use coupons – for food, clothes, oil changes, etc. – by reason that the empty pangs of loss and grief when I forgot said coupon was simply not worth the pittance I would save in the purchase price. Admittedly, this is the exact opposite of what I’m advising you to do.)