New Year’s Resolutions

There are a number of historical designations for days being called Black Monday.  The Monday after the Stock Market crashed,  Monday, October 19, 1987 was called Black Monday.  So too each year, the Monday after the college and NFL football seasons come to a close is when Head Coaches are typically fired in droves, and this too is called Black Monday.  And as far as New Year’s Resolutions go, the Monday after New Years when everyone goes back to work or school and vacation is over, is often called Black Monday.  Why?  Because in 2014, only 5 days since resolving new things, many of us have already failed.  Here are five thoughts on keeping New Year’s Resolutions:

1- WRITE IT DOWN.  Write it down and somehow keep it in front of you.  Carry it on a piece of paper in your pocket, put it in your wallet or purse, put a sign on your desk, wall, work station, on the dash board of your car, on the wall of your shower or in your locker.  You want it to be staring at you so you can’t conveniently run from it.

2- SHARE IT AND SEEK ACCOUNTABILITY.  Share your resolution with someone else and ask for accountability in keeping it.  You likelihood of success increases astronomically.

3-  BE SERIOUS ABOUT IT.  If you were never serious about keeping the resolution, don’t beat yourself up about it.  But if you want to change something, realize that this is likely going to be 90% mental and it’s going to require focus, self-discipline and mental toughness.

4- BE PREPARED FOR THE COST.  Any change you make in your life is going to come at a cost.  You have to give to get.  Nothing good or real comes for free.  If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.  Be prepared to make the changes and to pay for them with self discipline, cutting back, or digging deeper.

5- DON’T GIVE UP.  Even if you falter, fail, or relapse into your old ways, don’t give up!  In the immortal words of the sensational British band ‘Chumbawamba’, make this your mantra “I get knocked down, and I get up again, ain’t no one gunna keep me down”.

Best of luck keeping and accomplishing your resolutions!  You can do it!