Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

I’m sure the blogosphere is blowing up with posts, memes, and heartfelt articles about New Year’s resolutions. So here’s one more…kind of. It’s more of a “how-to-keep-them” thing. If you are anything like me, New Year’s resolutions just end up making you feel like a loser. I do great until about the end of February […]

I’m sure the blogosphere is blowing up with posts, memes, and heartfelt articles about New Year’s resolutions.

So here’s one more…kind of. It’s more of a “how-to-keep-them” thing.

If you are anything like me, New Year’s resolutions just end up making you feel like a loser. I do great until about the end of February (and that is probably being too generous), then I fall off the wagon, under the wheel, and get crushed to death.

But, here’s how I succeed:

Simplify and Specify.

Instead of saying, “This is the year I’m going to lose weight,” make it simpler and more specific. Maybe something like, I am going to cut out soda this year. I don’t have to find a crazy diet, invest in workout videos, join a gym, and ask all my friends to do some weight loss┬áchallenge. I just have to give up soda. That is much simpler and a whole lot more specific than saying, “I’m going to lose weight.

Why not say, “I’m going to go without a Starbucks every Wednesday and put that money in a jar,” instead of, “I’m going to save money”. Again, much simpler and specific.

“Help Others” becomes, “Do the dishes for my mom each Saturday”.

My personal favorite resolution (A.K.A. “Depression Maker”) “Live life to the fullest!” What. The. Heck?? That is the most pointless, asinine, set-up-to-fail, recipe for disaster I have ever heard. And yet every year it makes the top 10 for New Year’s resolutions. Seriously. Google it.

If it’s even gonna come close to working you have to simplify and specify. Think about what areas of your life you want to live more fully. If it’s your relationships, pick ONE! relationship for the love of all that is holy, and work on that one. Don’t be stupid (sorry this is quickly turning into a rant) and say, “This year, I’m going to better my relationships!”

“Knock, knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“Horrible idea.”

“Horrible idea who?”

“No stupid, that last resolution was a horrible idea!”

“That’s not much of a knock, knock joke.”

“You’re right. But you know what is a joke? Your New Year’s resolution!”

Ouch. Shots fired. Aaaand we’ve crossed over into rant territory. Okay, deep breath. It’s out of my system. Thanks.

As I was saying, why not say, “I’m going to pick up a surprise for my dad every Friday as a ‘today’s day’ gift”.┬áSimple and Specific. I’m telling you, it’s the only way to do New Year’s resolutions.

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