It’s that time again. Despite months of social distancing, isolation, and the dwindling of common practices, we still have the illusive New Year’s Resolutions hanging over our heads.
Every year we compose a list of habits we want to break or begin and ever year nearly 80% of those lists aren’t completed to fruition.
Don’t be bummed if you fall into that 80% group because you’re definitely not alone.
Why do so many resolutions end before they really begin?
One main reason is that “outside-in” solutions rarely improve our lives if we have not made intrinsic changes to the roots of our least favorite characteristics.
A more successful approach is to associate a word or phrase with 2021.
For example, if your resolution was to “read more” or “learn a new hobby” then your word could be “knowledge” and for the rest of 2021 you can give special attention to things that you believe fall under that category.
Here are some of the top resolutions of previous years. When reading through them, try to associate a word or phrase that someone could use in the resolution’s place to better identify their desires/needs.
- Exercise more
- Get organized
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Save more money / spend less money
- Spend more time with family and friends
Now think about your own personal resolutions. What word or phrase could you use to better identify the things in your life that you want to improve?
No matter what your word or phrase for 2021 is, don’t forget that you have a strong support system with your 4-H family! We’re here to build you up in your greatest endeavors. As one of our staff members said in a previous (virtual meeting), “if you can achieve your dreams all on your own, then you’re not dreaming big enough.”