Here it is, the first week of the New Year. Unlike other years for me this one did not begin with resolutions at midnight. Truth be told, I am still quite happy with the 10 resolutions I made last year. That’s not to say I didn’t give a lot of thought to the idea of a resolution.
I have been thinking quite a bit about what it mean to make a resolution.
The word resolution may come from the word resolve. Perhaps it’s because in making a resolution we resolve to find a solution to shortcomings of the previous year and decide firmly on a course of action. The problem with resolutions is that only 8% of people are actually successful at keeping them. Even though most people make the resolutions with the intention to improve their lives, either by doing things that will improve health (i.e.; losing weight or quit smoking) or their quality of life (spending more time with family).
Change isn’t easy, even with the best intentions. So rather than make a new long list of resolutions for this year I will simply be consistent in my resolve. Whether it is to floss, EVERY night - not just when I am not too tired, or to stick to my skin care routine, all the steps, morning and evening. Consistency is what we often lack when making resolutions especially if we want them to produce tangible results. These results that we want to achieve often won’t come overnight, they are the result of consistent, long-term commitment to a goal.