It’s the 21st day of 2015…how are you doing? If you made resolutions for the New Year, how are they fairing? Did you know that more Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year than watch the Super Bowl? According to Forbes.com, 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions while just one-third of us watch the Super Bowl. While the number of us that take the time to evaluate the last year and head into the next with specific goals is fairly high, only a staggering 8% of us will actually follow through with those resolutions. However, just because we may not always see these plans through does not mean that they’re not important to us. It just means that we have a few obstacles in the way of our desires.
But the beauty of desire is that it lives within us and won’t ever leave us alone.
As poet Nayyirah Waheed beautifully wrote:
“Desire is the kind of thing that
leaves you starving.”
If you’re anything like the friends I had dinner with on New Years Eve, you felt a little indifferent about 2014. We saw some significant accomplishments (Malala Yousafzai winning the Nobel Prize – continuing to inspire the world with her courage and grace and reminding us that we can do absolutely anything we put our minds to). We also experienced some moments of true fear and uncertainty about the state of the world (ISIS threats). Whatever the status of world-peace may be, hopefully we made some personal progress, big or small, and are at least no further from our dreams today then we were a year ago.
Everything considered, I think we are all excited to see what 2015 has in store. Our resolutions have been off the press for about three weeks and we’re in that vital make-or-break stage. If we haven’t already taken the steps necessary to incorporate new habits into our daily routines, we are at risk of losing sight of them until next year. We can’t let that happen! Let’s talk about some simple tips that will increase our chances of success.
First off, I’m going to put some of my personal resolutions out there for the world to see. Doing so helps those who are important to me see them and clues them in on where I see myself going. It’s the first step in creating a support system and also tells the universe that you’re serious about these goals and need all the help you can get to make them a reality.
Start video-blogging and blog more as a whole
Get started learning Spanish
Drink less coffee and more tea
Make more money
Put more of what I make towards getting out of debt
Write letters to people
Build something out of wood