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New Year’s Resolutions: Yay or Nay?

AS WE REFLECT on the past year and eagerly dive into the New Year, one thing on all our minds is New Year’s resolutions: what will you set out to do in 2017? But wait, will they work this time, or will we end up lowering our self-worth?


New Year’s Resolutions: Yay or Nay?

We really enjoyed this recent article by Huffington Post, which suggests a new framework to thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.

When it comes to setting New Year’s resolutions, we often get ahead of ourselves and shoot for the moon. Most of us set absolute goals to go to the gym more often, to eat healthy or quit a bad habit. But why do we find ourselves back at square one three weeks later?

According to research at the University of Scranton, only a mere 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. There are many reasons why people don’t keep their resolutions. They may set overly ambitious goals or become uninspired when they face too many small failures.


Instead of Resolutions, Choose to ‘Reset’

The key might lie in setting smaller, incremental lifestyle changes, like daily “resets”. Dr. Roberta Anding, a registered dietician and nutrition professor at Baylor College of Medicine suggests moderating your resolutions. Doing so might just be what is needed to create a lasting lifestyle change.

“January 1 signifies a new beginning.
 However, each day allows for a new beginning,
and hence it is a reset.” 

– Dr. Roberta Anding, Baylor College of Medicine


What’s the difference? Resolutions are a firm decision to do or not do something. Whereas a reset is an “opportunity to ‘set again’, or set your habits differently”. A reset will allow you to be flexible as you progress and figure out what does or doesn’t work for you. Instead of a lofty goal, you commit to smaller realistic goals and make changes every day, step by step.

Moreover, New Year’s resolutions typically have a start date: January 1. This inadvertently tricks your mind into thinking that they have an end date as well. On the other hand, a reset is about creating healthy habits that are sustainable in the long run.

For instance, if one of your goals next year is to eat more fruit and vegetables, you can ‘reset’ this goal daily, to re-evaluate and decide good steps to take to help you achieve this.

Lastly, no matter how you plan to think of the new year, set goals to pursue your health and wellness. According to Anding, “this is your most important 401K: Investing in your body and your sense of wellbeing.” And here at Cedele, we agree.

If you’re curious about New Year’s resolutions, watch the video below or read more here. Blessed New Year from all of us at Cedele!