Ditch New Years Resolution Day

Thursday, January 9, 2014

We have rung out the old year and we welcome the new year.

It's time to relax and enjoy the start of a bright and promising new year.

To many Americans the ball dropping at Times Square in New York City is the beginning of the new year in this country.

The ball was first dropped in 1908.

I stayed up to watch the ball drop this year before I staggered off to bed for a good night's sleep.

When I awoke, I welcomed the brand new year, 2014.

I'm sure resolutions have been made as they always are in the new year.

Here's hoping you are keeping yours.

However, I am here to inform you that January 17th is Ditch New Years Resolution Day.

Maybe you have made resolutions and are well along the way to accomplishing them.

If so, that's good.

But if your resolutions are hanging heavy over your head, then you have an out on January 17.

No one knows who created this day but most likely it originated with a person who had broken resolutions.

Maybe you vowed to exercise more or to lose a few pounds.

Actually, it isn't too late to do that.

Maybe your resolution is to save money this year or to pay off that credit card debt.

Those are admirable goals.

There is no better time to resolve to stop smoking. That alone would save you a lot of money, over time.

Notwithstanding a turn for better health for you, and those around you, now or in the future..

Maybe you need to resolve to reduce your alcohol intake.

Or perhaps you want to simplify your life by decluttering.

There are ways to improve your chances of keeping your resolutions.

First, change your routine.Try a different formula. Instead of trying the same old way over and over again, modify your behavior..

Second, instead of saying I want to lose weight, be more specific. Specifically, what are you going to do so that you can track your weight over time, say for the next several weeks. What is your goal? And is it attainable?

Reward small achievements. When you reach a portion of your goal, say you lose 10 pounds of those 30 you plan to lose, recognize the accomplishment and reward yourself.

Announce your goals. That is, make your resolution public. That will help you to be accountable

Of course, you could be embarrassed if you fail to meet your goal.

Chances are that you may slip up as you try to reach your goal..

Stay the course even if you fail at the first attempt or two.. Persevere.

Now having said all that, I confess that I broke two of my 2013 resolutions.

I was barely into the new year, when I realized that my resolve had dissolved.

At that time, I didn't realize there was a day I could ditch my New Year's resolutions.

Maybe I won't have a reason to celebrate that day in 2014.

Wish me luck.