January 7, 2013: Broken Resolutions?

Posted on : Jan 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Still Speaking

We’re now seven days into the New Year.  How many of your New Year’s resolutions have you broken?

December 31st of last year I heard a psychologist talk about “How to make New Year’s resolutions that you can keep.”   He said, the fewer New Year’s resolutions you make – he suggested no more than two – and the more specific they are, the more likely you are to be able to keep them.  For example, he suggests, if losing weight is your goal, saying, “I’m going to lose 30 pounds” probably isn’t going to get you there, especially if you’ve also decided to stop smoking, and cut down your credit card debt by $10,000 this year.

He suggested making a more reasonable resolution such as, “I’m going to lose one pound per week for the next ten weeks and walking 30 minutes a day or going to the gym three times a week.”  That’s more reasonable, and more attainable.

In truth, the reason so few of us fulfill our New Year’s resolutions is that we unintentionally make them unattainable from the very beginning.  In this week’s God Is Still Speaking mediation, Donna Schaper, beautifully reminds us that “Putting off our old self and putting on a new one” is not as easy as changing clothes or making New Year’s resolutions.  Amen to that!  So, if you want some really good food for thought about “changing your life” I highly recommend reading on.

Blessings and Happy New Year

Dan

 

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