Today is the third of January. Our Christmas tree – though still adorned – has been relocated to the courtyard for the sake of space, the streets are still littered with stories of recent raucous, and around the world intentions are being formed toward betterment and change.
It’s a nice idea, and pleasantly hopeful – that a new year might bring us that much closer to our idealized selves. But according to even the most optimistic studies, such as this one by The Guardian, the success rate of New Year’s resolutions is a measly 22%. This is curious to me. As a whole, are we really so weak and undisciplined? Are we truly incapable of achieving self-implemented goals which are undoubtedly in our best interests? Or could it be that there is something dysfunctional about the way resolutions are set in the first place? Might our goals be lacking essentials elements necessary for true and lasting transformation?
Here are a few thoughts on ways to ensure that our resolutions aren’t as fleeting as the fireworks that excitedly announced their inception. I have chosen to focus on body image issues, as they are so popular among resolution setters.
How to Give Holding Power to Your New Year’s Resolutions
My resolutions for 2012? I have three. One: To be more present, especially with my kids. Two: To practice daily yoga, even if some days allow for no more than ten minutes, and Three: To spend one day a week with the Maya women of Nichmantic – the subject of which I can barely contain my excitement for and will share with you in my next post. Happy New Year, my friends! It’s going to be amazing. I can feel it all around me.