Resolution: A resolve or determination Goal: The result of achievement toward which effort is directed Results: Something that happens as a consequence: outcome With each New Year brings the optimism that we’re going to turn over a new leaf — “this is the year when I finally (insert resolution) and stick to it.” Unfortunately we need to face the facts; when it comes to sticking to our goals we just plain suck at it. Nearly 78 percent of Americans will not be able to follow through with their resolutions. That number needs to improve. For men, it’s goal-setting. Eat the elephant, or better yet healthy food, one bite at a time. It’s proven that men who stick to realistic goals achieve greater success than men who don’t. For women, sing it out loud! Not literally; just tell your friends, family or co-workers and their support will get you where you want to go. Below are the top 10 resolutions we make year-in, year-out. Pick one or two and give them a try. Remember that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step … just make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes.
- Spend more time with family and friends – This one should be easy for everyone to achieve, who likes hanging out with total strangers?
- Fit in fitness – Twelve-ounce curls don’t count, and multiple trips to the buffet is not considered a form of exercise.
- Tame the bulge – Put the fork down and move slowly away from that piece of cheesecake, the strawberries on top don’t make it healthy.
- Quit smoking – Unless it’s turkey for Christmas dinner or a bonfire with family and friends.
- Enjoy life more – Don’t sweat the small stuff, or big stuff for that matter. Remember no matter how bad a day you’re having, someone is having a worse day.
- Quit drinking – Heavily. They say two drinks a day are good for you. Just don’t save them up and knock them back all at once.
- Get out of debt – Unless it’s a home or a car, you shouldn’t be in debt. And remember to pay yourself first; saving money is a good thing to do.
- Learn something new – Keep your brain active: read, read and read some more. Libraries are free and they’re all around.
- Help others – It’s the right thing to do and you always feel better after you’re done.
- Get organized – Start with your desk and then work up to the garage and basement. Maybe you’ll find your list of resolutions from last year.
Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.