Wrapping up 2019 and many people are starting to have conversations on New Years resolutions. If they’re not talking to another human, they are probably thinking about it.
Like many, our family was met with good and bad, but in the end, we had to choose to focus on what we were thankful for. I don’t bury my head in the sand over the negative stuff, but unless I can physically do something about it, I have to release it
History and information are fascinating for me and I decided to research about the first New Years Resolution. What I found was that about 4000 years ago the first New Year’s Resolution was to pay back debt in January. Interesting it’s still the same for many people today. In the past couple of decades the list usually included: paying off debt, losing weight, and to quit smoking. This year I found a site that also included: saving money, getting a new job, helping others, enjoying life, and taking a vacation. Those represent big wows to me, showing a shift in priorities.
Unfortunately, more than half the people will give up their resolutions midway in the year. My thoughts went to why does that happen? The questions in the conversations become, “How can we make any of the changes that we really want in life and let them stick?”
Making Resolutions Stick
In my life I’ve come to realize that I can have had those big goals, but I needed to break them into bite size pieces. Think about your plate for Thanksgiving; if you couldn’t finish then maybe you took too much? Whatever thing(s) you want to do, you may need to unclutter and break into smaller pieces. We all should start with baby steps and understand where you are in life. All of us are different and unique. Instead of looking at what you didn’t accomplish in your New Years resolution last year, look at what did get done.
- Write it down
- Simplify it
- Don’t be too hard on yourself
- If you realize it was too big then readjust
- Celebrate the wins you accomplished
Happy New Year’s! Send me an email and tell me what your resolutions are and let me know how I can help you accomplish them.
Lisa Giesler, Organizing Consultant, Speaker, Author