Before you all rush around making ridiculous and unachievable resolutions to live better, lose weight, stop smoking, reduce smuggling plutonium, or tackling whatever other demon plagued you last year, you should heed my realistic advice.
These simple tips will make achieving your New Years goals a lot simpler:
1. Make your win easy
There’s nothing worse than gearing up all through the Christmas season with weight loss, reduced vices, treating others nicely, then finding out you’ve over extended your self-motivation and can’t do any better on January 1st. You should start around Halloween with over-eating, smoking 3 packs a day, drinking on the job, etc. That way, if you even go back to more normal self-destructive patterns, you’re way ahead of the game!
2. Aim low
“Reach for the moon! You may not get there, but you’ll be among the stars”…what a bunch of fertilizer!
How can you reach for the moon? Most arms are no more than 3′ long…the moon is over 200,000 miles away. Not gonna happen. And the ‘stars’ are WAY farther away than that. How can you be among the stars if you couldn’t even get close to the moon? It just doesn’t make any sense. Guaranteed failure.
Reach for the fridge – it’s right there in your house…even has a handle on it, made just for your tiny little arms. I bet you can achieve that goal without looking like a lunatic.
3. Don’t tell anyone your real resolutions
Sure, the so-called experts will tell you that getting your friends and family to help you with your goals will help with networking and support. How has that worked for you so far, my friend? By telling everyone, you just set yourself up for public humiliation when you do fail. Not a great motivator, is it?
Tell them something that you know you can achieve without even trying…like ‘I resolve to enjoy my leisure time more in 2016’. See? That’s something you can get your friends to cheer about when you spend an entire weekend on the couch, binge-watching Supernatural on Netflix!
If your real goal is to double your income, lose 40lbs, and feed the children on the streets of Calcutta, you’re not only going to fail, you’ll disappoint your friends. Don’t disappoint your friends.
In the end, we all want to find a way to improve our lot in life….let’s not set ourselves up for utter failure. Make small, ‘fall-off-a-rock’ simple wins that may help us just feel a tiny bit better about ourselves. Doing that may just help us to stretch our tiny little arms a bit closer to that stupid moon.
Happy New Year!