According to the US Bureau of statistics, 45% of all adults will decide to make 2016 a better year by changing one habit. They RESOLVE to do ONE THING differently in the New Year. Only 10% will keep these resolutions. Most people, in discouraged frustration, will abandon their resolve by March. More than half of all people in the United States do not make New Year’s resolutions because they cannot face this familiar pattern again. They resolve not to make New Year’s resolutions, citing that they either don’t trust themselves or they don’t have time to change.
2016 promises to be fresh and new and filled with promise. On the evening of December 31st, Mario and I arrived in Kansas City, happy to see David and Lennae, Joe and Ariel and their families. As the New Year rang out, I raised a glass of Fanta Zero and said “Cheers” to 2016. I kissed the love of my life and thanked God that I had actually fulfilled my New Year’s Resolution for 2015.
I am the most blessed woman I know.
I say this with humility. I am not that girl with a perfect, easy life. I have only recently decided to take my life back. I used to be part of that discouraged, frustrated group when it came to New Year’s resolutions. Mine had their own private graveyard, hidden in the dark recesses of my soul. I tried not to be disappointed with myself, but I hated the fact that I couldn’t stick to any fitness, academic, or personal goals.
Then, two and a half years ago, I got sober and stopped eating compulsively. My life changed.
Last year I made a New Year’s resolution to take a few classes at my local community college. I took a deep breath, enrolled in school and started attending classes at 52 years of age. I was swept up in a passion and love for it. I learned how to write academic papers, read closely and compete academically. As I type this, I am four classes shy of an AA degree – one that I plan to achieve by the end of May.
I say all of this to say this next thing: If I can do it, YOU can do it.
You can make a New Year’s Resolution and fulfill it – especially if you really want to. All you have to do is want to.
The truth is, I am extremely ordinary and am living proof that if I can stop my compulsive patterns anyone can. I ran a marathon just before I turned forty – and my friends started running after they saw I did. “Shoot, if you can do it, I figured I could!” They told me – and that made me laugh.
You know what the marathon taught me? All I had to do was keep running. If you can run in pain, you can finish the race. If you can run while others start dropping out like flies, you can cross that finish line.
Don’t fall for the deception that resolutions are all balderdash. They give us a chance to take stock of our lives and see what needs to change. Give yourself permission to achieve; don't live with an assortment of dead excuses of why you can’t be the person you always wanted to be. Don’t let fear, doubt, excuses, distractions and addictions dictate who you are.
Live it and be victorious.