It’s New Year once more, the day that we all make a host of bad conscience inducing promises also known as common New Year resolutions like “I will not eat 6 donuts a day”, “I will do exercise once or twice next year”, “I will spend at least 4 hours a day away from my TV”.
All of these things are well and good, but how long do you think you will keep them?
Many of the top New Year’s resolutions are made by people who will keep them for exactly long as they are convenient, and the minute the resolutions become a challenge to keep they are dropped like a very hot pot being grabbed with bare hands.
Why is it that we have no more moral stamina than a noodle when it comes to keeping our resolutions? All of the New Year trivia sites (including WikiPedia) will tell you that only 8 to 12 out of every 100 people keep their New Year resolution for an entire year, and the sad or funny thing is that the number may well be less than that.
Granted, there is no way to really count how many people keep their top New Years resolutions, but the concept remains the same: New Years resolutions are made just for us to look good in front of our friends at New Years, and are quickly forgotten when they become inconvenient.
Resolutions are made and forgotten like balloon animals, and they are a dime a dozen. But why?
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”
~ Oscar Wilde ~
Are New Year resolutions like friends that we can drop when they become too inconvenient to do? Why do you even make resolutions if you aren’t going to keep them?
It doesn’t matter whether your resolutions are funny New Years resolutions or serious ones, but it does matter that your word and resolve is so useless that you can’t keep a promise to yourself.
You will find that no one other than yourself will follow up on your resolutions, but as the immortal Shakespeare once said, “Please pass the bacon, I prithee.” Oops, wrong quote. “To thine own self be true.”
Be true to yourself this year, and only make resolutions that you are going to keep.
No one cares if you resolve to “diet more”, “diet less”, “eat better”, “smell worse”, or just “give up on everything”.
The only one who really has an investment in your resolutions for the new year is you, and it is in your best interest not to be lying to yourself when you tell you that you are going to be a better you for your next year. (I bet you’ve never seen the word “you” in a sentence so many times!!)
This New Year, make resolutions that you are going to keep. “I will break my other New Years resolutions within the first week” is at least one that is accurate, as is “I will diet for two weeks and go back to eating pretty much anything I want after that”.
At least make resolutions that you can stay true to, as that way you won’t need to comfort yourself by turning to the food that you are trying to stop eating!
Face the New Year ahead of you with a new perspective; one of actually living up to your New Years resolutions.
You won’t be doing this for anyone else, but you will be doing this to prove to yourself that you actually have the guts to say you will do something and see it through.
If you can make it through even 2 months of keeping up with your resolution, you will feel much better about yourself. If you can make it through a whole year, you are a far better man than I and my hat comes off to you.
May this New Year be full of joy, may your resolutions last as long as your cravings for unhealthy food, and may you feel the magic of the New Year in your heart.
Let this New Year fill you with hope instead of cookies, with joy instead of ice cream, and with wonder instead of potato chips.
May the next year find your waistline slimmer, your wallet fatter, your cholesterol lower, and your tolerance level higher.