Ditch the New Years Resolutions

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A few years ago I decided to stop making a list of New Year’s Resolutions because they began to be monotonous, I would always forget that I made them and quite honestly when I made the list, I knew deep down that I would never do any of the resolutions on my list. I knew that I’d never stop cursing, I could never stop eating sweets and drinking soda and I could never have the patience of a saint, so I stopped making them. As the new year approached I started to feel guilty about not setting some sort of goal. I considered doing the Word of the Year, such as Energy or Patience but that sounded lame to me and also impossible. After I sat and pondered, I decided that I would Ditch the New Years Resolutions and Choose one broad goal to focus on.

From as young as I can remember, a new year meant it was time to eat black-eyed peas and make a list of new year resolutions. I was really good at doing this every year even as a small child, but when I became a mom I threw those traditions away.

Why I Ditched New Year’s Resolutions

  1. I ran out of unique resolutions to make.
  2. Every year my resolutions were the same. They ranged from eating healthier, exercising, and to stop cursing so much.
  3. I would forget to make resolutions.
  4. I would forget what my resolutions were when I finally remembered to make them.
  5. I never kept any of my resolutions. I kept cursing because it felt good. In the beginning, I would exercise like a champ but then I would get my monthly girly cramps, stop and then forget to start again. I would eat healthy but we would go and eat Mexican food. There was no possibility of me achieving these goals.

What I Do Instead 

Since it felt weird not making any unachievable goals, I decided to focus on one main goal. Doing this allowed me to put a lot of effort into an area of my life that I wanted to improve. For example, last year I decided to focus on ‘Me’. Throughout my life, as a mom, I always focused on other people such as my kids. I decided that this particular year was going to be about me. I called it ‘The Year of Me’. I made a conscious effort to catch up on my necessary doctor visits, such as my annual mammogram, I went to the dentist and got my chipped tooth repaired, got highlights for the first time ever, started a new career and more. I dedicated that year to me and it felt so good.

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For the year of 2018, I am going to focus on ‘Health & Fitness’, not just for me but for my entire family. I am going to do my best to get out more, be active, take my kids to the park, cook healthier meals, have fruit accessible in our homes at all times and more. Not only will this goal motivate our family to be more active but it will create memories and bring us together.

Set goals and ditch the resolutions

For me, a list of New Years Resolutions that I know I will not achieve does not make any sense for me to make. Making one broad goal lessens my chance of failure.

Do you make New Years Resolutions or do you focus on one goal?

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This year, I sat and pondered and decided that I would Ditch the New Years Resolutions and choose one broad goal to focus on.

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