New Year, New Resolutions
After going silent for a few weeks, the JDCA is back in action. We hope you all had a Happy New Year and managed to enjoy whatever time off you had, but now that we’re back, I want to talk about a question that constantly comes up this time of year.
Why do so many New Years resolutions fail?
Its the world’s perpetual joke–every year, people make New Year’s resolutions to change and better themselves, and every year people say how they’re useless and many of them don’t work. And in truth, most resolutions are never completed, merely thrown back into the recycle bin until the end of the year when we decide to give them another try.
Why does this keep happening?
Part of it is in the planning. Most resolutions never set a goal beyond a basic wish. This year I plan to lose weight. Well, how? Are you going to join a gym? Do you have the extra money to pay for it? How often will you work out? Where will you find the extra time to do this? What about eating right? Are you going to change your diet? Can you set aside time for cooking healthier meals?
It’s the small questions that can derail you. Change is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. If you’re not focused on the long-game, you’ll never make it past the starting gate. You need focus, planning, deadlines, and time-tables if you actually plan on seeing your resolutions through to the end.
So what do you plan to accomplish in 2013? In the next few weeks we’ll be talking about some of our newest initiatives, but for now I’ll just give you a few of my personal ones. Feel free to comment below with some of your own.
On my plate for 2013:
1. Lose 20 pounds. The year and half after college has not done my body well with the constant sitting and lack of gym membership. Yesterday I signed myself up to planet fitness to actually get this goal on track.
2. Leave the country. This has been a long time coming. I’m 23 years old, and so far I haven’t traveled outside of the U.S. A week ago I received my passport, so this year I’m going to be saving for my first trip out of our borders ( probably to South America, but we’ll see).
3.Get more people to Join the Alliance and push for a Practical Cure. We’ve been growing steadily ( and had an explosion of new members the past two months), but I’m resolving to get more people in the Alliance. The more voices we have, the stronger we become.
There are a few more on my list ( mainly relating to my freelance work outside of the JDCA), but I’ll hold off on those. What are you trying to accomplish, and how are you making sure you don’t fall short? Fire back on facebook and the comments below.
Until Next Time
P.S.: I’m going to leave the Alliance sign-up down here for those of you who want to join as well: http://www.facebook.com/thejdca/app_141428856257