What’s your new year’s resolution?
It has been said that the month of January is named after the ancient Roman god, Janus. Janus is depicted as a two headed god, symbolizing the ability Janus received from another god, Saturn, of being able to see into the future as well as see back into the past.1 And so it has become tradition of seeing the month of January as a time of reflection and an opportunity to set new goals.2
According to one website, the 10 most common new year’s resolutions last year were to:3
- Loose weight
- Get organized
- Spend less, save more
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Stay fit and healthy
- Learn something exciting
- Quit smoking
- Help others in their dreams
- Fall in love
- Spend more time with family
As health care practitioners, we can equally advocate for most of these goals for our patients, and perhaps, indeed, ourselves!
According to Forbes writer, Dan Diamond, only 8% of people keep their new year’s resolutions, a statistic gleaned from research done at the University of Scranton.4 Diamond reports that the formula for success is fourfold: 1) keep it simple, 2) make it tangible 3) make it obvious and 4) keep believing you can do it.
And I suppose, another perspective on success, would be to avoid the pitfalls responsible for breaking one’s resolutions. Accursing to Jené Luciani, form Shape, the most common 10 reasons for falling short include:5
- Going it alone
- Extremely lofty resolutions
- Giving up to easily
- Time management
- Financial burden
- Unrealistic resolutions
- No plan
- Lack of honesty
- Wrong perspective
- Not believing in yourself
Admittedly, we are all victims of Janus, and almost always greet January 1 with a few wishes and hopes. A simple and honest poem, by Robert Fisher, says it all!6
I will not throw the cat out the window
Or put a frog in my sister’s bed
I will not tie my brother’s shoelaces together
Nor jump from the roof of Dad’s shed
I shall remember my aunt’s next birthday
And tidy my room once a week
I’ll not moan at Mum’s cooking (Ugh! fish fingers again!)
Nor give her any more of my cheek.
I will not pick my nose if I can help it
I shall fold up my clothes, comb my hair,
I will say please and thank you (even when I don’t mean it)
And never spit or shout or even swear.
I shall write each day in my diary
Try my hardest to be helpful at school
I shall help old ladies cross roads (even if they don’t want to)
And when others are rude I’ll stay cool.
I’ll go to bed with the owls and be up with the larks
And close every door behind me
I shall squeeze from the bottom of every toothpaste tube
And stay where trouble can’t find me.
I shall start again, turn over a new leaf,
leave my bad old ways forever
shall I start them this year, or next year
shall I sometime, or …..?
If you have any new year’s resolutions, please let me know what they are by responding to the blog, or better yet…please drop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.