New Year Resolutions – Are they worth making?
The start of a new year always brings on an attack of the guilts. You might say to yourself, “Right, this year I’m going to be fitter, I’m going to do better and I’m going to make more of an effort to visit rich old Auntie Maureen.” Whatever New Year Resolution you’ve made, keep two common sayings in mind: the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results, and nothing changes if nothing changes.
Each year, millions, if not billions, make New Year Resolutions; it’s a tradition that dates all the way back to the Ancient Babylonians, who used to make resolutions to their God for self-improvement. According to Forbes, a mere 8 per cent of people actually achieve their New Year Resolutions. I’m not in that 8 per cent.
The problem with New Year Resolutions is that drastic measures are taken, skyscraper high goals are set and we can overwhelm ourselves before we even begin. Setting goals should be done in a realistic way and you should always begin by tackling the ones that are easiest to achieve, so go for the low hanging fruit.
So when I returned to work after an extended Christmas holiday, I learned of an initiative one of our clients has implemented. ARAMARK Ireland will make a donation of 20 cent to the company’s four chosen charities for 2014 when the public submit their own 2014 pledge promoting healthier eating or a better work life balance. The public can post their pledge on Twitter using the hashtag #RightTrackPledge or on the ARAMARK Ireland Facebook page or on Pinterest on the Right Track Pledge board.
Client plugging aside, if you have made a promise to yourself then consider writing it down and making it public in this way, as part of the ARAMARK campaign. Apart from helping charity you will be more likely to accomplish your goals in 2014. Writing down your goals will help to clarify what you want; it will motivate you to take action and to focus, overcoming resistance. Finally written goals are like mile markers in a marathon. They enable you to see how far you have come and how far you need to go. They also provide an opportunity to celebrate when you achieve them.
This year I pledge to reduce my intake of pepperoni pizzas, the ones with the sauce stuffed crust (seriously yum) and I’m going to start swinging some kettlebells again. However, I probably shouldn’t be making any new resolutions this year as I’m still working on the ones from last year!