Resolution. Friend or Foe?


The holidays are just about over. The only one remaining for 2014 is New Year’s Eve. A night when we celebrate the past year and look forward to the hope of a bright new year just east of 11:59 pm.

Thousands of people also make new year’s resolutions, a promise to oneself to make changes, usually for the better, in the upcoming 365 days. These lists include things like losing weight, quitting a bad habit, saving money, etc. The list goes on and on.

But somewhere between January 1 and say maybe February 15, most of those hoped for promises tend to blow out the proverbial window. So, you ask, how do I make a list and stick to it? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Be realistic. You’re probably not going to lose 100 pounds, but you might lose 25. Or better yet, break it down to 1-2 pounds a month. A shorter-term goal is always easier to attain.
  • Ask for help. If you’re trying to quit smoking, join a support group or talk to your doctor to see if there’s anything that can help with the process. Be open to new things.
  • Be accepting of mistakes. If you’ve committed to eating better, be nice to yourself. If you have a cookie, there’s no need to get a stick out and start beating yourself up. The only thing that’s accomplished by this is a feeling of failure. And when I feel like a failure I want to eat a cookie.
  • Be patient. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  • Be intentional. If your resolution is to “be happy,” then find ways to be happy. When you get up in the morning, making a list of all the things for which you’re grateful. A grateful person is a happy person.
  • Write it down. Put your goals on sticky notes and attach to your mirror to be seen every morning while you’re brushing your teeth.

These are just a few ideas. Be creative and come up with some of your own. Remember, none of us are perfect. The idea is to keep trying. Change is a life-long process. The idea is to begin that process.

We at Advance Financial wish you a very safe and happy holiday and look forward to serving you in 2015.

Photo Credit: The Globzer

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