Thinking about New Year's resolutions
January 06, 2014By the time you read this editorial, Christmas will have passed and we are on to the joyous beginning of 2014. The hassle of wrapping what seems like a million gifts is done and over with and now I am thinking about my New Year's resolutions.
Every year those resolutions seem to be the same, to lose weight, stay fit and get healthier always top the list for me, but somehow they are goals I never seem to accomplish no matter how hard I try. As I pondered this fact, I wondered how many people out there find themselves in the same boat so I Googled New Year's resolution statistics to see what I could come up with.
www.statisticsbrain.com says the number one resolution is weight loss. No surprise there. Everyone I know wants to lose a few pounds. Number two is to get more organized, followed by spend less and save more. The website also states that out of the 45 percent who make resolutions, only 8 percent are successful, 49 percent have infrequent success and 24 percent never succeed or fail with their resolutions.
I would have to say that I would fall in the aforementioned 49 percent. Seeing those low numbers was almost enough to make me drop the idea of New Year's resolutions, until I read a little further down and saw this little tidbit, people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't.
Even if I don't manage to keep my resolutions, knowing I am 10 times more likely to attain my goals is enough to keep me from giving up on the whole idea. Maybe this year, I will add "Keep those New Year resolutions" to my list.
In the spirit of the season, I asked Roadrunner staff and freelancers what their resolutions are for 2014, beginning with my annual struggle with weight loss, here is what we came up with.
Kim Harris, editor — To lose weight and stay healthy are resolutions I always make, but this year I'd like to add a new resolution, I'd like to not sweat the small stuff. You know the stuff I am talking about, that pile of laundry or those dirty floors that just never seem to get clean. I think if I could instead focus on things like spend more time with family and friends and perhaps even taking some time for myself, my life would be much more joyous.
Michael Crane, staff writer — In the next year I would like to read 30 books, watch less television, go to at least two new countries, spend less money on things, and spend more time with the people I care about.
Zach Williams, associate publisher — I hope to quit smoking while growing professionally.
Eileene Elmore, advertising — I don't make resolutions. I am still paying for a gym membership from last year and I haven't set a foot in it since February.
Cindy Davis, advertising — I have a list that I consider every New Year, but here are just a few resolutions I will continue to try and achieve. Don't overdo and keep to my limits. Don't take myself too seriously, no one else does. Live with the 3 Es: Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy. Stay in touch with family and friends more. And to remind us that we are all capable of great things I would like to share this quote; "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." — Edith Lovejoy Pierce. Happy New Year Everyone!
Lisa Rose, freelance writer As I stated in my opinion piece, "Less Things, More Life." I look toward 2014 with a commitment to simplicity and greater meaning. Last year, my focus was on healthy living, and I have kept that resolution as a way of life for my family and me.
Shelli DeRobertis, freelance writer — In 2014 I plan to procrastinate less and focus more in many areas of my life, including family time, home projects and my writing.
In closing, I'd like to say that we at the Valley Roadrunner wish you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year.