Okay, so it’s day three of the new year, how are you doing with your 2013 resolutions? what did you decide on for 2013? Are your choices among America’s top 10 resolutions? The top ten in order are: Lose weight, get organized, spend less and save more, enjoy life to the fullest, stay fit and healthy, learn something exciting, quit smoking, help others realize their dreams, fall in love and spend more time with family. Are your’s there? I ask again, how are you doing with those resolutions, still hanging in there?
Too soon to tell, you say? I think not. Every year nearly 50% of America makes new years resolutions and before the end of the first week 25% of those resolution making Americans have wimped out and thrown in the towel. Within six months another 30% join them, meaning more than half of all resolution makers don’t have what it takes to keep their new years resolutions or perhaps they just don’t know how.
I’m sure we’d all agree that keeping resolutions is not a particularly easy thing to do, but if approached purposefully, quite doable. First and foremost don’t overdue it. Taking on a long list of resolutions is counterproductive. Go easy on yourself, narrow your list down to one or two resolutions. It’s best to start small, you don’t want to be overwhelmed. Stress is a resolution killer.
Most people settle on resolutions with little forethought or planning, they often choose something that is much too broad rather than being specific. Instead of simply making a statement like “This year I’m going to lose some weight” or “I’m going to go on a diet” instead specify how much you want to loss and how you’re going to do it. “I’m going to loss twenty pounds before summer by riding my bike for an hour four times a week.” Instead of “This year I’m going to watch my spending and save some money,” make a specific plan and stick to it. “I’m going to save $500 this year by putting aside $10 each week from my weekly spending money.” The idea is to take it slow and easy, spread it out, make it doable. Of course making your resolutions manageable, won’t guarantee success but will certainly put you one step closer. It’s all in the planning.
Last year I made only one resolution, an important one, to strengthen my relationship with my best friend, my wife. I can’t say I was as successful as I would have liked to be but we made progress. Our relationship is important, it makes us feel connected, not only to one another, but to everyone around us, that’s why I’ve decided to extend this resolution into 2013. With God’s continued help I’m sure we’ll do just fine.
My second resolution is to return to church on a regular basis. For nearly a year and a half I was attending mass every Sunday but for the last several months I’ve been slacking off. This year I want to begin attending mass every Sunday again. No, this year I will attend mass every Sunday again! No doubt about! (positive thinking) That’s my resolution and I intend to keep it.
Someone once said that “resolutions are in one year and out the other,” which is often the case. Funny how some people are very successful at fulfilling their intentions but most of us fail miserably. It’s not that we don’t want to keep our resolutions, we have every intention of keeping them, it’s the follow through we have a problem with. Good luck to you on keeping your 2013 resolutions. They say,“the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” meaning there is no real value, spiritual or otherwise in simply planning to do good if we don’t actually do it. We have to put our good intentions into action. Hang in there!
Happy New Year!
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” (Phil 4:13)