New Year’s resolutions… today.

Posted: November 29, 2010 in Holidays, Life

Statistical data, common knowledge, personal experience and a bit of imagination tell us that in January, we have the biggest month for gym enrollment, the most salads ordered at restaurants, the most people reading Genesis, the best intentions in money spending, the most cigarettes thrown away, best desires to spend time with family, the most ‘clean-up’ operations in houses and offices etc etc.

However, these high averages steadily drop as the year goes by to the point of discovering that 97% of New Year’s resolutions are never fulfilled. Although some 40 to 45 % of people do use New Year’s Day to make resolutions and set goals.

Why is that? Why do we so poorly achieve our New Year’s goals?

It has occurred to me that sometime in some ways we set ourselves up for failure. Think about it. We resolve to train and achieve a goal when, for the most part is relatively easy, and when things get tough, we are not trained to win. Roger Thomas Staubach a businessman, Heisman Trophy winner and legendary Hall of Fame former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys said:

“Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts.”

We resolve to start going to the gym or exercising when life in general (January) is pretty quiet. We determine to have self-control in eating when the holiday banquets are over. We intent to save money when the credit cards are already maxed out after the Christmas shopping and the bank accounts are dry. What if instead, we resolved to start exercising right now? –when it is cold and busy? What if we started exercising self control in money spending now that we have a good deal of decisions to make about purchasing gifts? What if we decided to eat better and healthier and more balanced now right before the holiday food extravaganzas? Would not that make it a training session on a more challenging environment and thus making us stronger in the long run? Would not that give us a better sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction and therefore self-confidence that we could actually do it through the coming year?

If we determine to change our priorities and spend time on the things that really matter, right now, before the busiest season of the year, would not that make us even stronger and help us to actually make those changes in behavior and habits a reality the rest of the year? Perhaps today is a good day to start eating better, being wiser in money spending, exercising or, more important that all, carving a few minutes daily to hang out with God, study His Word and love our families the way they need to be loved. It’s been said, kids spell love: T.I.M.E.

I could be wrong; it is just a thought, but it may be worth trying.

  1. Jonathan says:

    OK, I’m heading to the gym RIGHT NOW!

  2. haha!, one person prompted is all it takes to make the post worthwhile 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Thoughts with accent and commented:

    The time for new goals is TODAY!!

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