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Resolution Rebels: Succeeding in the New Year Guilt-free!

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New Year’s Resolutions can be tough. Luckily, there are tried-and-tested ways to get yourself out there and improving in the new year.

New Year, New You? Well, maybe not. Let’s face it, the traditional New Year resolutions are about as exciting as a cup of cold-sick. You start with grandiose plans, only to find yourself drowning in guilt by February because you couldn’t live up to them.

Experts say that less than 10% of New Year’s Resolutions are ever achieved. Some say that a failed resolution could be more harmful than no resolution at all. But fear not, fellow resolution rebels, we’re here to introduce you to the Un-Resolution Revolution! Buckle up for a refreshing Humourology take on starting the year right.

1. Mindset Matters

First things first, let’s talk about the all-important mindset. Instead of making an endless laundry list of resolutions that sets you up for potential failure, let’s switch gears. As the famous author Karen Lamb once said, “A year from now, you may wish you had started today.” So, pick just one thing that will truly make a difference in your life.

It is often said that people overestimate what they can do in a year but underestimate what they can do in a decade. By adopting a more productive mindset, you can ensure success that is not tied to a limited timeline. Instead of choosing a resolution whose results may be out of your control, adopting the right mindset can continue to bring value into your life, long after your gym membership expires.

2. The Power of Kindness

Now, here’s a revolutionary idea: Be kind to yourself! Seriously, stop beating yourself up over past failed resolutions. Remember, you’re human, not a robot programmed for perfection. As Buddha wisely noted, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” So, let’s embrace self-compassion this year. While goals are nice, a higher self-esteem is a proven way to increase productivity and success. When you love yourself, success is soon to follow.

3. The Gym Conundrum

Considering signing up for a gym membership? Hold your horses! Instead of rushing into it and later guiltily watching your unused gym card collect dust, here’s a funnier approach: Wait until you genuinely want to hit the gym. As Mark Twain quipped, “Quitting smoking is easy; I’ve done it thousands of times.” The same applies to gym memberships. When you’re truly ready, you won’t need motivation; you’ll have dedication!

Bettering one’s health doesn’t require access to a fancy gym. Instead of signing up to an expensive year-long commitment, plan some health-minded activities each month that can get you moving. A planned activity is much harder to avoid than a nightly trip to a gym that is always going to be there.

 

4. A Single, Powerful Commitment

Let’s not overwhelm ourselves with a to-do list that rivals “War and Peace.” Keep it simple! As the brilliant Stephen Covey once said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Focus on one key change that will significantly impact your life. Whether it’s learning a new skill, spending more time with loved ones, or dedicating time to a passion project, make it your priority.

Focus on growth over achievement. When you prioritise improvement, there is no way you can fail. When you choose to grow in a specific part of your life, there is always the potential to improve, no matter the pace.

5. Embrace the Humourous Side

Injecting humour into your journey can make all the difference. As Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, quipped, “Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” So, let’s dust off those unused gears, including the one labelled ‘laughter.’ Laughter is a powerful motivator, and a good chuckle can make even the toughest challenges feel manageable.

A great sense of humour can cushion the blow of failure. Even if we don’t achieve our goals on their prescribed timeline, humour can help us cut ourselves some slack while seeing the value we provide. With humour, we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get back on the bike.

In conclusion, start your 2024 rebellion and let’s kick the worn-out resolutions to the curb and embrace the Un-Resolution Revolution. It’s all about nurturing a positive mindset, being kind to yourself, and focusing on one achievable commitment that truly matters to you. Remember, success isn’t about a laundry list of goals; it’s about consistent progress toward what’s most important. So, this year, laugh in the face of traditional resolutions and join the ranks of the Un-Resolution Revolutionaries. Your future self will thank you!

As the great philosopher Yoda once said, “Do or do not, there is no try.” Happy New Year, you Un-Resolution Rockstar!

See you next Tuesday,

Warmest,

Paul x

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