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Random Thought for Friday, January 8th, 2016: New Year’s Resolutions

IMG_20140505_085058Welcome to Friday’s Random Thought.

 I have never understood this whole thing with New Year’s resolutions. Why do so many people decide to set a goal to change something about themselves and then invariably fail to meet that goal? Furthermore why do people pick the end of the calendar year to change something about themselves?

It’s never made any real sense to me. If there is something about yourself that you don’t like, just change it right then. Don’t wait for the end of the calendar year, just do it.

There is no need to spend all that energy and effort in making it a dramatic event in your life. Improving yourself is dramatic enough. Imagine all that success you would see if you took that effort and energy in being dramatic about your change once a year and put it into that change itself every day of your life.

You will be much happier, I promise.

However, should you feel compelled to make a New Year’s Resolution I would offer the following advice:

  • Set a goal that is attainable. Don’t make a decision to lose 50 percent of your current body weight in 6 months. If you try to do that you will find yourself actually loosing 100 percent as you will actually kill yourself. Pick a diet that has food both like and will eat. Doing one of these national diet companies plans will only work if you keep eating their food for the rest of your life.
  • If you are looking to exercise more, pick activities that you like and will want to do. Moving to a fitness dominated lifestyle is not something you should do in a few days, it is a gradual thing that should take several months. Overdoing this will have the opposite effect you are looking for. You have to enjoy it. If you not enjoying it, then it’s not going to work.
  • Want to be a writer? Don’t quit your day job. Seriously, you need to pay attention to this one. If you are going to change your career you need to keep paying those bills while you make that change. Simply quitting your job and becoming a full-time writer without first having published a few books that have sold successfully is an exercise in stupidity. You need to be making enough money as a writer or whatever you decide to do so that you can replace one income with another. If that is not happening, you need that day job. Sorry but not everyone can be an Andy Weir or James Patterson. It just does not happen.
  • Read, study and understand everything that is involved in whatever change you want to make in your life. If you don’t have the discipline to do this one thing, what makes you think you can effect a change in your life?
  • Don’t go it alone. Chances are if you heed the previous advice, you will learn that there is a support group/community for just about everything in the world. Just because you want to change something about yourself doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.
  • Laugh.
  • Yes, I said laugh. For no other reason, it’s a great form of exercise and it will help your mood about anything.
  • Stop reading lists like these. After the 5th bullet point, these lists usually become useless.
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