People make all sorts of New Year's resolutions, from the sublime to the downright ridiculous. You may think that making such resolutions are a waste of time but they can help a person turn a corner. It could be that you need and want to quit smoking but are waiting for the right time. Sounds silly? Well as a person who quit smoking many, many years ago experience has taught me that there can be a right and wrong time to attempt lifestyle changes.
Take a resolution to lose weight. If you have filled your kitchen cupboards with fattening foods to be consumed over the Christmas period starting a diet on Christmas Eve is not productive. You will simply be doomed to fail.
So timing is important but why New Year? Traditionally people opted to make New Year resolutions for a variety of reasons. They may have overindulged in so many ways during Christmas. With less disposable income during January cutting back could have been the only way. Turning an economy drive into a series of resolutions was perhaps fun. Maybe not so much fun but a way of getting the job done as painlessly as possible.
Making New Year's resolutions is not generally taken seriously these days but if you are going to make them what will you try and change?
The 21st Century offers a wide range of challenges and pulls on our time, money health and resources. So what will be people's 2012 New Year resolutions?
There are many things which are beyond our control, but then of course there are many more that are within our grasp.
Changing a job or just becoming employed can be a job in itself. If you make a New Year's resolution relating to work make sure that you back it up with a plan of action. Most resolutions will need some effort and input on your part, some more than others.
Will sorting out your love life be simpler? Probably not. Is it time to resolve to find a new partner, change a lover, get a divorce or come out of the closet. Resolutions relating to love are popular.
Habits and lifestyle changes
If you eat too much, smoke more than you should, rarely exercise, allow yourself to be stressed on a daily basis, indulge in illicit substances or more, it may be long past the time for change. Could a New Year's resolution spur you into action?
Freeing up time
Men may no longer have to be hunter gatherers nor women "chained" to the kitchen stove but time has never been more precious nor in such short supply. Social networking and playing video games can eat into your day. Perhaps the day when you resolve to limit your time online is long overdue?
Looking at a Top Ten of New Year's resolutions at About.com
it appears that we all pretty much resolve to make the same type of changes. If you want to be different you could resolve to cure cancer, end World poverty, bring peace to the Middle East or any number of worthy but impossible causes.
In the end, if your resolutions have been made seriously, they will need to be realistic and practical in order to succeed. Biggest is not always best and the same is true with New Year's resolutions. Resolving for example to visit an aged relative once a month, take at least one vacation each year, cut your credit card bill or spend $10 dollars or £10 a week less each week may be achievable, plus in the long run could have the most positive impact on your life.