About 10 years ago I made the only New Year’s resolution that I have ever been able to keep.
It was to stop making New Year’s resolutions!
The pressure is too great when you start a year like that…at least for me. And then the guilt is too great when you can’t keep it. Plus, if you want to change something, why wait until January 1st? Same with starting something on a Monday…why wait? What’s wrong with starting on Thursday?
I have had far more luck over these past ten years in starting something on any day other than Monday and commencing change in November or March. I started my blog in March of 2012. On the 8th, which was a Thursday and not the beginning of the month. And so far, so good.
When the time came to get fit and lose weight, it was the dead of winter. Not the usual time people start thinking about getting fit. That’s been fairly successful too. Down about 90 pounds and 5 dress sizes and have maintained it for a couple of years now. I still fluctuate a little up and down but am usually within the magic 10lbs/5kg that we all wish we could lose.
My plan for this coming year actually came about this past October/November while we were on holiday in Spain. I have been practicing since our return and thus far, it has been successful.
Most of you know that I work in Health Care, once as an ICU nurse and currently in a management capacity. I enjoy my current role because I get to get around the hospital and see most of the staff on any given shift. But I also enjoy my role because it is in Patient Flow, which to me, means getting patients to the right area for the right treatment at the right time. I take my responsibilities very seriously and see myself and our hospital as custodians of the Public Health Care system, therefore we are looking after our community.
However, in the past, I carried the weight of 200,000 people on my shoulders. It was becoming too much for me.
While on holiday, I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized that I am not solely responsible and in fact am not far enough up the food chain / pay scale to carry all that responsibility. BUT…I am able to make sure that I do absolutely the best job I can and I can help encourage or direct others to achieving the best they are capable of. If I have no power or authority to change something, I no longer feel responsible for it, I direct the matter to someone who can make the change.
Funny thing happens when you stop trying to fix everything…you become much better at fixing what you can. AND…much more happy in what you are doing.
I am responsible, but only for what I can be responsible for. If I don’t like it, change it or get over it.
My plan for the coming year is to continue on this path of being the best me I am capable of being and making changes when they need to be made. No waiting for a New Year to make changes or resolutions!
Wishing you all Peace and Happiness in the New Year!
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- The Case Against New Year Resolutions (thediscourseofnow.wordpress.com)