New Year’s Resolutions are a time-honored tradition for most Americans and one of the things they do after they get over their holiday hang-over is to make a list of all the changes they want to see done over the course of the upcoming year. Some people might say: “I’m going to turn over a new leaf” or “I’m going to wipe the slate clean and start over” or “I’m going to mend my ways” or those people who are involved in illegal activities (such as subscribing to the now defunct Megaupload site…lol!) they could say: “I’m going to go legit” or “I’m going to walk the straight and narrow”. Whatever expression you use, setting goals takes a lot of willpower and is “easier said than done”.
Among the most popular American New Year’s Resolutions that made the top ten this year have been:
I resolve to:
- Lose weight (afraid to get back on the scales?)
- Exercise more to get back in shape (join a gym)
- Stop smoking (anything green!)
- Think positive and don’t sweat the small stuff (reduce stress)
- Live more simply and buy less (tighten your belt and live within your budget)
- Pay off all my credit card bills (including student loans to get out of debt!)
- Join a political party and make my voice heard (pay back to the community)
- Learn something new (how about a new foreign language or becoming really good in English?)
- Get organized and create a more functional work and living space(Feng shui)
- Spend more time with family and people you love (make every day count!)
- (Write a Blog post every day…!)
Setting realistic goals is part of the trick to keeping them. But just in case we don’t reach our goals immediately, we need to have a “fall back” plan so that we can jump back on the wagon before it gets away from us completely. Listen to Dr. Jennifer Hartstein who has tips on how to teach our brains to form new habits to help keep those New Year’s Resolutions:
So…are you pumped up? Ready to take on the new year?