Warning:New Year’s Resolutions Ahead-or 5 ways to avoid a resolution fail

It’s almost New Years Eve-time for champagne, kisses at midnight, and the random person shooting themselves when they fire up in the air. (Gravity-it will win, every time. Bullets go up, bullets come down)

Happy New Year! Please don't shoot!

Happy New Year! Please don't shoot!

In a recent analysis done at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, 700 people were questioned regarding resolutions. 78% had failed to keep resolutions.

Many, if not all of us, have been in that 78% at some point in our lives. We start with the best intentions, get going with enthusiasm and vigor….and then sputter out. Sometimes we make it longer than others, but it’s the rare instance where a “resolution” gets integrated into “lifestyle.”

So-in that spirit-here’s 5 ways to avoid a resolution failure this year

1-Just say No.

Do you really need to start something just because it’s January 1st? Why not December 30th, or January 12th, or February 2nd? How about a Groundhog Day resolution? If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing at the moment you decide to do it. Which brings me to….

2-Just Do It. (Respect to Nike(R))

Now is a good time. Why wait?

3-Just Chill.

It’s not all going to happen overnight, or in a week or a month most likely. Make smaller, measurable and time bound goals. Work toward these mini-goals, one step at a time. The old adage that Rome wasn’t built in a day holds true for just about everything. Although…

4-Just Start.

On a regular basis I am guilty of “paralysis by analysis.” I research, I plan, I research some more, but I haven’t GOTTEN ANYTHING DONE! I am so concerned about getting everything perfect that I don’t actually do anything. Except research. Lots and lots of research. But that gets me a tiny step closer to my goal, whereas if I had taken some research, made an educated decision and then acted on that decision would have gotten further. You don’t have to have the perfect plan, the perfect diet, the perfect exercise routine. Take one step. Reevaluate. Take another step. Just like following a map, recheck that you are on the right course, and continue. If you veer off a bit that’s OK-just adjust.

5-Just Enjoy/or be Scared to Death.

If it’s not something you have fun with, or have a deep connection to in some way, you won’t last. Set yourself up for success by choosing things that meet the requirements of fun, strong belief/passion, and/or fear of consequences. Fear is a great motivator! Many times over the fear of being in a bikini has motivated many women, including myself, to exercise/eat well/use self tanner. And then you have enjoyment when you can wear it with a swing in your step and pride.

-Are you making any resolutions this year? Have you changed your outlook on the “new year resolution” tradition? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Now go forth and celebrate!

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  1. Kim says:

    Great tips! I agree with them all!

  2. Julie says:

    I like to make good/fun resolutions…not the usual “eat more healthy foods, exercise more, etc.” I like to find resolutions that I actually want to continue throughout the year. I usually don’t write them down/keep track of them. I just like to think about the past year and how I can improve. My #1 resolution is to enjoy my neighborhood more. I moved here in July and still go out in my old neighborhood…I haven’t ventured out and about too much in my new one. So that’s something I want to fulfill! And also run either a 1/2 or full marathon.
    But, yeah resolutions don’t need to be made just for the new year! I like the nike slogan too!!

  3. Hey, Erin! Great post! I daresay that many of us are the “paralysis by analysis” types. I always strive to “just do it,” but vow to be more so in 2010! Thank you for all the good advice, dear!


  4. Erin says:

    Thanks Kim! Happy New Year!

    Julie-the quest for constant and never-ending improvement…I’m on that road as well!

    I think getting out and enjoying our neighborhoods/the outdoors is something many of us could do more of.

  5. Great list! I’m the queen of research, so that one hit home! I totally over-analyze things, often with the result of reading and not doing.
    Happy New Year! The best to you in 2010!

  6. Erin says:

    Thanks Melissa! Nice to see you over here :)
    Best wishes to you as well-here’s to all of us making 2010 the “year of kick-assery!”

  7. Erin says:

    Thanks Shirley and happy belated New Year! For some reason your comment went to the Spam folder and I just found it. Here’s to all of us doing along with thinking this year!

  8. Walter says:

    Sounds pretty simple but in reality it is hard to implement. However, if one really aims for change, nothing is impossible. :-)

  9. Erin says:

    Hi Walter,
    That’s the idea :) Make it simple, and then following thru should be a bit easier. Implementation and action is always the key though!

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