Nothing is more of a buzzkill preparing for the biggest party of the year than the discussion of New Years Resolutions. Let’s be honest….what are these resolutions anyway? They’re a promise to do the right thing in exchange for no one nagging us while we abuse ourselves over the holidays. So its no wonder most New Year’s Resolutions fail. If your heart’s not it and if the goals aren’t realistic, resolutions won’t be met.
The most common (and commonly failed) New Years Resolutions are:
- To lose weight
- To stop smoking
- To drink less
- To make more money
- To spend more time with family
- To perform better at work
- To save more money
- To eat healthier
- To go to church/temple more often
- Get a boyfriend/girlfriend
Look how general and insurmountable some of these can be. They’re too broad and if these were easy to do, you would already be accomplishing them.
So which New Year’s Resolutions can be practical and attainable?
Choose easy, finite, small discreet steps. You’ll feel better since they are easier to accomplish.
- Drink more water
- Call your mother once a week – sorry, sorry, how about once a month… better?
- Lose 5 pounds in January. Then try to lose 5 lbs in February
- Eat more vegetables
- Take $20 a paycheck and put into savings
- Make 7 pm – 8 pm playtime with the kids
- Walk 10 minutes a day in January. In February bring it up to 15 minutes, and so on
- Plan the third Saturday of the month to be date night with your spouse
- Go to church/temple more often – no short cuts here
- Put out each cigarette after 1-2 puffs
- Check your cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, etc
- Make an appointment for a physical
- Plan a mid year vacation
- Organize your desk at work
- Walk the dog for an extra half hour on Sundays
The list goes on. But you see how making small, baby goals can build on themselves to the point where you will lose weight, eat healthier, save more money, preserve your relationship, perform better at work, etc.
Oh, I forgot one last important New Years Resolution….listen to more stimulating medical talk radio. Tee-hee…..
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!!!
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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician