New Year’s Resolutions: Do you still make them?

By Nina Steele 

New Year's resolutionsAt the start of every New Year, the media is quick to seize on stories showing how quickly it takes for people to break their New Year’s resolutions. And now that our lives have become an open book, thanks to social media, they don’t have to look far for such stories. Early last January, many Twitter users were quick to post their broken promises online. Here are a few selections: “Yeah it’s official… I’ve broken every New Years resolution in under a week!”, “I’ve already broken my New Years resolution of no beer….. Twice”, “So my New Years resolution was to eat healthier foods. It was broken on day two because I keep eating chocolate”, “New Years resolution was no smoking, broken it already lol”. And my favourite: “Well…it’s the first of January and my New Years resolution of eating healthy has already been broken”.

Figures show that only about 8% of people who make New year’s resolutions, actually keep them. And frankly, it does not surprise me at all. I stopped making New Year’s resolutions years ago. I remember buying a gym membership 14 or so years ago, because everyone else was doing it and then only actually going to the gym for about a month. Not only did I end up wasting money, but I didn’t even need to, because I already had an exercise bike at home, and I still have it to this day.

What I have come to realise as I get older is that, change happens all the time. Every day, we are met with new challenges, big or small, and they all have the potential to make us grow. The choice to be a better version of ourselves is constantly there.

My husband and I are quite keen on healthy living. We both exercise regularly and I cook pretty much every day. We do understand that temptations are all around us, and so we both make a point of being disciplined when it comes to how much we eat and what we eat. As we both like to stay in shape, we know what we have to do in order for that to happen, and the sacrifices we have to make. Those sacrifices include having desert only twice a week and chocolate only once. I stopped drinking 5 years ago, and while he still drinks, he never goes overboard.

As long as people see change as something big as opposed to incremental occurrences, which ultimately they are, the failure rate for people who make New Year’s resolutions will remain high. As I said before, every day, we are presented with an opportunity to become a better version of ourselves. And although some of these changes may come across as insignificant, add them all up and you realise how much of a difference can be made.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

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