Usually, once Christmas is over with, many of us reflect on the year that was and possibly conjure up some new year's resolutions. It can take some serious effort and self-discipline to stick to them and put them into practice. Failure appears to be the norm for many of us within the opening weeks – or even minutes – of the new year.
Diet appears to be a common new year's resolution, particularly when obesity rates are considered. You might decide to call it quits with the high sugar, high fat substances. Do you think you have what it takes to abstain from sweets in the new year?
Obesity isn't necessarily a motivator to cut back on the intake of those very addictive treats. A fast metabolism can be especially dangerous. If you are anything like me, not putting on an ounce of weight with heroic dosages of junk food can affect your judgement about cholesterol absorption and trans fats.
Personal habits tend to be something we address in the new year.
What was something that you couldn't stand doing in the previous year, which you would like to totally hit on the head in 2012? It could be anything. Maybe it's about time you stopped biting your nails, or cracking your knuckles. And no, I don't think the environmentalists would be too impressed with your release of nitrogen that comes with the cracking of knuckles. That should be enough of an incentive to cease the terrible practice.
Furthermore, social etiquette may require a bit of an adjustment. A little less conversation and a lot more listening could be in order. Do you ever find yourself dominating the conversation, or having an opinion about anything and everything? Chances are, this behaviour may need to be corrected in the new year.
So, whether it's eating habits, personal habits, or social habits, or anything else you could think of, what is your new year's resolution?
How about something different this year. Instead of a New Year's Resolution, choose a word or phrase that you want to attribute to your year. It might be: award winning, health, adventure, happiness, friendship or success. Write it in your diary or on your fridge. Think about it, go for it and make it happen. Happy New Year.