People have been making New Year’s resolutions for at least 4,000 years! At the start of each year, ancient Babylonians would promise their gods to return borrowed objects and pay their debts. I don’t know how well the ancients fared with their resolutions, but the tradition of trying to improve ourselves and our lives is still going strong today, despite a failure rate as high as 88%
Setting unrealistic goals, not keeping track of progress, making too many goals, or simply forgetting about them are some of the main reasons for failure (Wikipedia).
This year, instead of making a laundry list of my imperfections – and setting myself up for yet another round of “failures” – I’m going to turn this whole “resolution thing” on it’s head.
I’m working out a plan for the year, but if it’s going to be successful, a plan needs to start with a firm foundation.
Here’s how I’m going to get started.
Every single night this month, after climbing into bed, I’m going to spend a couple of minutes reflecting on the things I did well during the day. Made my bed, took the dog for a good walk, paid the Visa bill on time, lead a great meeting, snuck some healthy kale into my meatloaf, turned off my phone at the dinner table, read with my kids – you get the idea.
Celebrating successes, big and small. Building the foundation. That’s it for January!
What do you think? Will you join me?
Joni Lien (B.A, MSW) is the proud co-founder of SupperWorks and has been helping busy people eat well since 2005.