New Year New You: Rethink Your New Year’s Resolutions

After the roar of the holidays, the beginning of the New Year sneaks in like a draft under the doorway during a Rocky Mountain Blizzard.  This year, instead of casually spouting off some lame, run-of-the-mill New Year’s resolution as you pack up the Christmas lights, why not put some serious thought into it. With these guidelines in mind, 2015 will find you with a goal that will actually stick.

Avoid the Abstract.

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who vow to lose weight in 2015, chances are, you are going to spend money on an expensive gym membership, go twice, and then never go again. We do not want to just pick on those seeking January gym memberships, but really those who come up with any grandiose plans. Why? Because these goals are too big and abstract to achieve without some real planning, thought, and commitment.

  • Losing weight
  • Improving your marriage
  • Making more money, finding a new job
  • Falling in love
  • Quitting smoking

These are all great things to accomplish, but they are usually doomed to fail as resolutions. So please avoid these and try to keep it simple instead.

Keep It Simple.

No matter how much of a Debbie Downer that last section was, there are actually a New Year’s resolutions that yes, even you can conquer. Instead of trying to bite off the entire new-you cake, break it down into small chunks.

Instead of giving up smoking completely, think about cutting the number of cigarettes you smoke each day/week/month down by a third. Want to lose weight? Start with cutting back on soft drinks or fast food. Instead of saying you want to make more money, start by saying you will fill out 10 job applications a month.  Simple means attainable, and attainable can mean success.

Take a Good Hard Look.

Feeling lost on what you should do to make 2015 the best it can be?  Stop for a minute and think. What has been causing you extra stress lately?  Are there relationships that you need to work on? Are you treating your spirit, and your body, as you should?  Remember you are the only you, you get, so take care of yourself.

Remember that no matter what challenges and joys the New Year brings, South Denver is here to help.


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