Monday, 19 December 2016

Forget the New Year Resolutions - ONE Week Until Christmas

Are you planning to make a whole bunch of New Year Resolutions? Forget it!

Because of the 40% of the population that make New Year resolutions, only a tiny 8% achieve their goals. 

Because they are unrealistic. "Become a millionaire" is unlikely to occur legally in one year if you can't afford to keep your clapped out Commodore on the road to get to the place of business where you are planning to make the $million.

Because it requires behavioural change and "rewiring" of your brain. You are who you are, good and bad. This is how you got where you are and forcing change in one aspect of your life will force change elsewhere that may not sit well with your 'self.'

Because most of them involve a huge
amount of effort that you may not have the time, energy or inclination to follow through.  

Photo by Chris of lucidtech.

Because a year is a heck of a long time to commit to something that you decided was too much effort or not worth doing on the 3rd of January.

If you are determined to make some New Year resolutions, here is a selection of weird ones that others have tried. I didn't make them. I found them on the internet. 

  1. Finish a chapstick. If you manage not to lose it in the year, you have achieved something truly amazing.
  2. Master a party trick. 
  3. Eat less bacon. 
  4. Fight crime by teaching owls to shout out "crime" at anyone breaking the law.
  5. Learn how to clone Nutella.
  6. Don't hang out with people you don't like. There are millions more out there. 
  7. Stop worrying about what the Kardashians are doing this week. 

If you are still determined, here are my tips for making them stick.
1. Pick one (1) only. 
2. Be realistic. Refer to above for why.
3. Pick a date. The 1st of January may not be the best day to give up chocolate.
4. Share your resolution with a friend to create your own cheer squad.
5. Accept failure. Just because you ate a whole chocolate bar tonight doesn't mean the rest of the week will be a disaster.
6. Celebrate successes. If you were on a solid diet of daily chocolate, resisting on just one day is an achievement. 

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