01 Jan Don’t be a quitter!
Happy New Year!
I may have had a bit of a fuzzy head this morning, but time and tide waits for no one, and I really wanted to walk the dogs on the beach at low tide. So, after a brief internal debate, I mustered my resolve and dragged myself out of bed.
And I’m so glad I did! It wasn’t the nicest of days – dark and gloomy, with a bitingly cold wind – but the fresh air blew away the cobwebs in no time, and the enthusiasm of the dogs (who were literally jumping for joy) quickly became contagious.
Besides, the first day of the new year always fills me with excitement and anticipation for the year ahead. It’s a time when many of us resolve to change some aspect of our lives – to stop being such a slob, quit smoking, drink less alcohol, go on a diet… but, to be honest, this sometimes puts a bit of a downer on the day.
Don’t get me wrong. Self-improvement is a good thing, but approached in this way, they all involve giving up something that you enjoy – and where’s the motivation in that? It’s little wonder that a recent ComRes poll for Bupa found that only 12% of respondents kept their resolutions for 2015.
So, this year, if you really want a ‘Happy New Year,’ make your 2016 resolution a promise to quit being a quitter! Don’t set yourself a goal to give something up; turn that frown upside down and find a way to put a more positive spin on your ambitions.
Instead of giving up junk food, aim to discover lots of new recipes you love to make at home (I’ll be doing my best to make that one really easy for you). Don’t ‘stop’ drinking – cultivate a new love for loose-leaf teas instead. Or, my own personal resolution – cut down how much wine you drink by investing your ‘wine budget’ on one really good bottle a week instead of two.
Whatever you plan to do in 2016 – whether you’re going to get that promotion, see the world, start a new hobby… just don’t make it your goal to ‘quit’ because being a ‘quitter’ is no fun at all.