Well, you’re not going to get one from me – no way! I may as well just spit in the wind, for all the good that New Year’s resolutions have done for me. I cannot recall one resolution I’ve ever kept over the years. Sad, but true. Could it be that I just don’t need to make any changes to my perfect self? Yea, right.
Wait, hold on a second. I just thought of a great idea! I’m gonna make some can’t miss resolutions! Yep, it’s going to be a win-win situation for me in 2010. (Because as I see it, I better try to live a better life NOW. If the Aztec calendar is correct, our resolution days will be over by 2012.)
Ok, so here they are:
- I hereby resolve to go to Tim Horton’s every morning for my usual #4 combo. (That place is like the Cheers bar to me: Everyone knows my name)
- I hereby resolve to read a good book once a month, preferably in front of the fireplace wrapped in the Snuggie; my daughter’s Christmas gift to me. (Only valid until Spring, at which time fireplace and Snuggie won’t be needed)
- I hereby resolve find time to laugh every day.
- I hereby resolve to check my Farmville crops on Facebook every day.
- I resolve to sing along with the radio while on my way to work (ignoring all weird looks from other drivers).
Yea, I think I can handle those 2010 resolutions!
Now if you’re the type of person who feels inclined to make real resolutions to improve your life, and are a stick-to-it person, you might want to consider a couple of things. (Or you can just ignore my advice – as I implied in my first paragraph, I ain’t too good at resolutions)
- First, focus on one resolution, rather than attempting to change your whole life all at once!
- Second, after you come up with a general goal, such as “I want to lose 10 pounds,” break that goal down into specific action steps, such as (1) Eat 100 less calories a day, (2) Start exercising every other day for 30 minutes (increase as time goes on), (3) Replace a high calorie/fat snack with a healthier choice, and so on.
You might want to help your kids think about healthy resolutions to make in their lives.
You can find some easy strategies for living a healthier life here.
Just remember, New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be grandiose, major life changes. Seems to me that those kinds of resolutions are doomed to fail. Better to start with simple, small steps, that can actually motivate you toward bigger changes as time goes on.
What kinds of resolutions are you making for 2010? Or are you avoiding them altogether?
Bea Boomer’s Recommendations – Books:
- Are you a procrastinator?
Check out Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy
- Feel overwhelmed at the thought of making big changes?
Check out Easier Than You Think, by Richard Carlson, author of the Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series. (Though Richard passed away in 2006, his wife Kristine keeps his memory alive with the “Don’t Sweat” website)
- Want to develop good life habits?
Check out The Power of Focus, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt
The best resolution you can make for yourself is to love life and create happiness wherever you go. (Bea Boomer)