Sunday, December 28, 2008

Resolution Solution

Why is it that it's so hard to stick to those New Year's resolutions? In fact in a recent study by Franklin Covey, author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," he states that 35 % of people surveyed break their New Year's resolutions by the end of January while only 23 % of those surveyed follow through with them. I believe that sometimes we get so caught up in the emotion of the moment that we set what may be unrealistic goals for ourselves.

I think that it's important to find an accountability partner. Someone who will hold you responsible and encourage you to pursue your goal. It's also helpful to make a plan. Don't wait until New Year's Eve to start thinking about what you would like to improve. For instance if your resolution is to lose weight than it's a good idea to join a gym or find some sort of activity or sport that you can dedicate the necessary time. In addition adjusting eating habits may also be beneficial. In other words, don't stock the pantry with cookies and junk food that may be tempting.

Now I ask, "Have you started thinking about what you would like to do differently in 2009?" What are your New Year's resolutions?

Here are three of mine:

1. Have a consistent quiet time with God
2. Purchase our first home
3. Start a family (this one doesn't really depend on us, though...God's timing)

1 comment:

Ivett said...

wise words indy! i don't believe in making changes just bc it's january. i'd prefer to commit at any time when i'm ready. i haven't made plans yet, but some interests are:
1. travel more (need more R&R)
2. redo bathrooms in house
3. meditate more