Start, Stop & Change: resolutions

There’s a lot of backlash against making resolutions for the new year.

Resolutions don’t work. Resolutions set people up for failure. Resolutions are forgotten by February.

I totally get it. One year my resolution was to develop a meditation practice. I started January 1st and didn’t make it past turning the page on the calendar.

The fact is: Resolutions often do have a short shelf life and can leave you feeling bad about yourself if you don’t get any traction.

I think resolutions are important because they’re a sign you want to get off autopilot.

A resolution says:

  • You’ve paused long enough to take a look around.
  • You want more of this and less of that in your life.
  • You want to show up differently, more fully.
  • You’re ready to make some changes.
  • You want this year to have more possibility.

Your resolution says, I have an intention about what I want in my life and who I want to be in the new year. I’m ready for tomorrow to be different than today.

And what could be more important than that?

Here are 50 popular New Year’s resolutions. Is your resolution among them?

  • Green smoothie a day
  • Get out of debt
  • Volunteer
  • Get in shape
  • Fall in love
  • Eat healthier
  • Stick to a budget
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Be on time
  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Meditate daily
  • Be patient
  • Read 2 books a month
  • Launch a business
  • Save money
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Spend more time with family
  • Live in the moment
  • Reduce stress
  • Run a marathon
  • Grow spiritually
  • Start dating
  • Eliminate fast food
  • Get 7 hours sleep
  • Lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Be more creative
  • Get a better job
  • Learn a language
  • Develop an exercise habit
  • Practice self-care
  • Improve relationships
  • Finish degree
  • Travel more
  • Start recycling
  • Be more positive
  • Declutter & simplify
  • Be kinder
  • Spend less time online
  • Join a gym
  • Watch less TV
  • Eat out less frequently
  • Stop complaining
  • Ask for a raise
  • Give up caffeine
  • Reduce texting
  • Be more confident
  • Give up sugar
  • Get organized
  • Eat vegetarian