Screw Your Resolutions

Screw Your Resolutions

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2016 Prep

Did you really think I was going to be a “negative Nelly”?

Last year I  wrote about setting realistic New Year resolutions. So to get back to one of my favorite lines (that annoys the heck out of my kids)…

“failure to plan, is to plan to fail”

Did you know that 45% of Americans usually make New Year Resolutions, but only 8% are successful in achieving them.  So why bother? Well we may mistakenly make unrealistic resolutions and may never see that 6-pack that we glimpsed at when we were 18… Why not try some simple resolutions that we can control and move some small pebbles on the scale of life.

So get out your pen and paper and plan your resolutions.  Here’s a few attainable ones to start your list –

  1. Loose the “Negative Nelly”Attitude – Let it be less crappy in 2016. Even if you were a positive star in 2015, you can still let your star shine brighter and be a little twinkly-er in 2016. Be inspiring to all those around you including your ex. Commit to being more calm in the morning and compliment one person per day. That will add up to 365 smiles you created (you miss one, you have to make one up with an compliment to the ex…)   “be sure to taste your words, before you spit them out”
  2. Swear Jar -“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” It isn’t true. Words can hurt. Some of us are living with the scars of the hurtful words of others. Words can be used as a weapon to lash into people. So be kind. Any negative, angry word that comes from they lips.. $1 goes in the jar. And so i’m not talking out of both sides of my mouth, swearing positively is allowed…
  3. Gossip Jar– Quit it… Goes well with Resolution one and two.  Someone said, “There is only one thing as difficult as unscrambling an egg, and that’s un spreading a rumor.” Gossip is destructive, and it is subtle and it does come back to roost. Lets add another $1 to the Gossip Jar.
  4. One more mile – Ok, we all have visions of that first marathon or Everest summit. But sometimes you need to start small to go big. Gain your confidence and passion. I have a close friend that in her mid 30’s had never run a mile. Five years later she has completed multiple 100+ mile Ultra Marathons. So save the $30 per month on gym fees and instead head to your high school track three times a week. Run/walk twelve laps until you can skip the walking part. Set a goal for a fun 5K in 60 days, and maybe by year end that hundred miler.
  5. Finances – Keep it simple. If you have a company 401k add 0.25% this year… if not $25 a week in a sock can pay for a great trip by the end of next year.

You can do it.

What were some of your Resolution Successes this year?

I would love to hear.



These might also help with your running resolutions:

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“Healing for the broken hearted. A map, guide and community to move on positively/fantastically in life with a healthy beaming smile”
Thom. Thom is the originator and alter-ego of Divorce Survivor, Single Parent, and now moving on to new adventures in Life. Follow his journey here every week, or on Instagram and Facebook.

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  1. Aundie Donohue
    January 01, 16:53 Reply
    Does this mean you are going to run your first half this year?! Go Thom!!
  2. Jesse Yusufu
    January 12, 15:22 Reply
    This is really inspiring and motivational. It came at the right time of the year, when everybody need to makes decisions for the year. Thank you Aundie for this article

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