As the Christmas glow fades and the daily routine returns, many of us will come face-to-face with pounds gained and debt accrued. I think it’s the combination of guilt, optimism, and a new calendar that have led to the feel-better tradition of New Year’s resolutions. On the flip side, bad habits, lack of personal discipline, and laziness are the corrosion factors that eat away at our best intentions. And so, the pounds and debt are likely to remain.
I think of a resolution as a step-by-step process, which is given below. Blame my computer background if you wish, but there was a time when I would have drawn a massive flow chart just for the fun of it. You have been spared. Instead, I’ll “get my fix” by inserting just a little piece where the crucial decision occurs.
1) Guilt strikes a blow.
2) An idea emerges for personal change.
3) A decision for change is made.
4) A bold promise is made and announced to friends and family.
5) Make an action plan
6) Begin executing the plan
7) Commit to the plan until the goal is complete
So, as I ponder my resolutions for this year, here are the questions I’m asking myself, “Where will I be one year from now? How will my life improve? What is my own plan for change?” Actually, it’s a limiting notion that January 1st is “the day” to start over. Any day, any moment is an equal opportunity for a new beginning.
These are my thoughts as the new year begins. Here are the thoughts of others.
“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.”
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
— Oprah Winfrey
“Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you’ve met your New Year’s resolution.”
— Jay Leno
“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.”
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”
“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty.”
— John Selden
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
— Edith Lovejoy Pierce
“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
— Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17
Happy New Year!
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