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January 01, 2015

2015 Has Arrived!

Posted 4 years 50 days ago by Sheila Ellian Lewis

It’s a brand new year, and for many this day holds hope and the promise of better things. Those who’ve had a rough 2014 have waited for this day so they can close the door on what was and usher in what will be. It’s a day to make promises for a new way of living, eating, saving, and spending. Any way you look at it, it’s a day that signals change.


Last year a dear friend shared an article with a small group of girlfriends. It stated that setting an annual resolution was nonsense and that most of us will never achieve it. It’s hard to do something new consistently for 365 days, so the chances of becoming disappointed, falling off the program, or simply walking away, are quite high.


Instead, the article suggested setting monthly resolutions. The idea is built on the fact, or myth, that it takes 21 days to build a new habit. Stating bite-sized resolutions for the following 30 days seemed achievable, and even better, gave us the thought that working out for 30 minutes a day—or some other behavior—could become a habit!


Twelve months in and I’m a believer! I have successfully set monthly goals and have managed to attain 95 percent of them. I didn’t always increase my goals every month, instead choosing to maintain my new habit for another 30 days to make sure it stuck. The satisfaction of achieving maintenance goals was just as good as reaching my stretch goals.


What happened with our group, you ask? Well, we fared pretty well. There were many different resolutions among us ranging from “finding my happy” to “saying only kind words for a month.” We all had get-fit goals strewn throughout the year, but it was nice to have some other things to work on that, when combined, left us feeling better as we wrapped 2014.


I’m now an advocate of monthly resolutions, partly because I get to celebrate my success at the end of every month and not an entire year later. That little adrenaline rush that I get when I do what I said I would gets me pumped up to address my next resolution.


Welcome 2015! I’m glad that this day has arrived. I’m full of optimism and faith and wonder at what this new year will bring. Let me know how you set your annual goals. I’m sure there’s something to learn from everyone’s path to new habits, healthier living, and happier days! Happy New Year!

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