The festive season made me choose this topic for today’s post. The holiday and festive season makes people hog more than they normally would or should! Rich dishes, tasty treats and a series of feasts makes us throw caution to the winds as we sink our teeth into the delicacies. ” Calories be damned!” goes the word. It’s only later that the calorie conscious scurry for cover as they check their weights post the festivities!
The most popular resolution made at the end of each year is probably: ” I will make and stick with my New Year’s Resolutions this year” !
Many of us make resolutions, few get to keep them.
Here are the Top Ten Resolutions made according to a survey of over 300,000 respondents world -wide conducted by The GoalsGuy :
1. Lose Weight and Get in Better Physical Shape
Physical activity builds physical vitality. With every year of your life, you have more to gain from being physically active; as your age-related risks of chronic disease increase, regular exercise generally slows or reverses that trend.
2. Stick to a Budget
It’s been said that the best defense is a good offense. Developing and sticking to a realistic budget is a brilliant offensive move as it prevents overspending and ensures peace of mind.
3. Debt Reduction
One of the first things you have to do before any debt can be eliminated is to stop using charge accounts. If you continue to use the accounts, you are only fueling the problem, and building on it, not solving it.
4. Enjoy More Quality Time with Family & Friends
More and more people are resolving to spend more quality time with family and friends this year. This means you must consciously decide to actively and purposely work on improving your family situation every day.
5. Find My Soul Mate
Romance is alive and well as more and more people are looking for that special someone, their soul mate who lights their fire, the ONE whom they love unequivocally and who shares their worldview.
6. Quit Smoking
Becoming a non-smoker is probably one of the best decisions you can ever make, and is a life changing as well as a life saving decision.
7. Find a Better Job
A new year provides a sense of getting a free do-over, so you can try again and get it right. Many people resolve to find better jobs or to take a new approach to the jobs they’ve already got.
8. Learn Something New
People throughout the world are realizing that a strong resolve to lifelong learning is more than just education and training beyond formal schooling. A lifelong learning framework encompasses learning throughout the life cycle, from cradle to grave and in different learning environments, formal, non-formal and informal.
9. Volunteer and Help Others
A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms such as spending time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house to name a few.
10. Get Organized
Resolve this year to plan your days, reduce interruptions, clean off your desk, say “No”, and make detailed lists. The benefits of getting more organized include being able to save time, as you no longer look for the same things over and over again or need to replace things you can’t find at all.
Gary Ryan Blair is the inspiration behind New Year’s Resolution Week. This annual event was founded on the premise, that a single resolution can positively and profoundly create lasting change in your life and help to make the world a better place.
I am sure most of us would see ourselves in these resolutions. My top resolutions, not surprisingly for my age, all seem to be health related!
- Drink more water
- Walk Everyday
- Keep my temper in check
- Go easy on the fried snacks
- Spend less than I earn
Do something different this year. Don’t just make resolutions. Keep them.