My New Year’s Resolutions are usually something achievable with little or no effort on my part. My traditional resolutions have been things like: Don’t get a terrible haircut this year.
Keep being awesome.
But a true resolution should be something that betters you or your community. So things like avoiding a shitty haircut shouldn’t really make the grade, resolution-wise.
I have been thinking lots about my upcoming resolutions.
Much of this is fuelled by the fact that I don’t want to get depressed when I inevitably fail to achieve my admirable resolution. Curing Cancer or achieving World Peace sure sounds great, but that’s just setting myself up for failure.
I have realized lots of what makes a resolution achievable is in the wording. Resolutions are a contract with yourself, so if the contract is ironclad that you will “workout for 3 hours a day” you are destined for a sucky year. Because by January 4th you might not feel up to it….decide to eat an entire cheesecake instead and then write off the rest of the year.
Or say, “I will volunteer at the Old Folks Home every day after work for the whole year”. That might not work out. But if you make a resolution slightly more vague by saying “I will volunteer with seniors more often”, then sure, that’s very do-able.
You could do it 6 times and win your resolution goal!
This year I was going to tackle some pretty intense stuff, but I have word it just right so I don’t get discouraged and quit right away.
Here are my resolutions *deep breath*:
1- Get back into more regular workouts. More regular then never. Which is what I have been doing for the past year.
I am starting with a teeny a 7 minute daily workout routine. So I will *try* to accomplish at least a 7 minute workout everyday.
And then, upwards from there!
Maybe by the end of the year I’ll be up to, like, 12 minutes of working out each day.
Good job, me!
2- Make strides to eventually become vegan. I have been slowly working my way along this journey for years. And this year I think I finally managed to give up meat completely. So the next step is dairy completely.
I think I am doing great, but then I realize something like instant miso soup has bonito powder in it. Darn!
Disappointing, but it doesn’t mean back to square one of eating steaks for dinner each night.
I know this is a long ongoing process, but it is one I am happy to undertake. Hopefully by this time next year I will be much further along with my resolve for improving the lives of animals and helping to find a better balance with consuming v. environmentalism.
3- Respond to people saying “Thanks!” with “Welcs!”.
Okay, this isn’t exactly going to make the world a better place, BUT my mom does this. She is the only person on planet earth I know that does, and I think it’s adorable.
So there you have it! My resolutions to be less of a terrible person.
What’s on your plate for the upcoming year? And how are you going to ensure success?