With the New Year only a few days away, I wanted to share my approach to making New Year resolutions with you. Before I get into that topic, I want to thank all of you who reached out with kind words and support after receiving my first newsletter. I know the newsletter contained some duplicated content and I’ll be sure to be more careful in the future. Now, let’s focus on what we’re planning to tackle in the New Year!
I’ll admit it, I am a sucker for New Year resolutions. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t make at least one New Year resolution. I have no idea how or why I started down this path. I thought most people made New Year resolutions, so I was surprised to learn via YouGov that 63% of Americans don’t make any resolutions. You can either view this as 63% of the US population are slackers or 37% are overachievers. Clearly, I had no idea that I was in the overachiever category! 😊
Like others, I’ve had mixed success in achieving my resolutions, but I continue to make them year after year because they force me to look at how I’m spending my time. Resolutions also help me be more effective in some small way. I’ve learned over the years to keep my list short, otherwise, I risk not meeting any of my goals. For 2019 I made three food-based resolutions because I was worried about weight gain. I jettisoned wine for one year and committed to substituting fruit for fries and desserts when eating out. Cutting out wine was easy because I would rather eat my calories than drink them. While I did not fully execute on the fries and dessert goals, I keep in mind that progress is more important than perfection and I did make a lot of progress with these two eating habits.
We all find ourselves in situations where it’s just impossible to pass up a special treat like our Mom’s award-winning peppermint bark brownies or that fancy dessert at our favorite restaurant. I don’t let these occasional overindulgences get me down and you shouldn’t either. Setting goals helped me be more aware of my eating habits in general, so despite my imperfect record, I was still able to take off those extra pounds.
This year I’ll stick with the 37% of overachievers. I may not fully meet all my goals, but in my mind a little improvement is better than none.
My 2020 Resolutions
This year, like in years past, I’m keeping my list small but am focusing on goals to better my physical and mental well-being.
Find out which resolutions I’m prioritizing for 2020, as well as why I feel they’re important enough to deserve a whole year’s focus. Who knows, they may even inspire you to create some of your own!