Ringing in the New Year – Resolutions the Easy Way

Lose weight, get in shape, get organized, do more, do less, we’ve all made at least a few New Year’s resolutions in our time.

Some resolutions require a lifestyle change and some require a single act of action.

For me, the resolutions that tend to be more successful are those requiring a single act. Lifestyle changes take more than just a jotting down a foggy wish on a napkin at the breakfast table on January 1st. They take a whole mental shift, a concerted effort to change who you are. Well for the most part I kind of like who I am (at least most days), I just want a few improvements.

So look to “single-act” resolutions that can positively impact your life.  This works especially well if that impact then extends beyond the single action. Some examples:

  • Want to lose weight, take your neighbor’s dog for a walk.
  • Want a nicer yard, dig a hole.
  • Want to get organized, sign up for a bigger storage unit.

Now experts might call this addressing the symptoms and not the problems, but I say “Hey, if you’re not coughing, sneezing or feeling lousy, does it really matter that you have a cold”, – of course not.

So here’s how it works …


So, you want to lose weight – don’t change your lifestyle – take a single action – ask your neighbor if you can take their dog for a walk. No lifestyle change here (you’re not getting a dog of your own). You take that dog next door for a walk.  Now most dogs tend to be pretty lovable.  You take that dog out once, chances are you end up liking the experience, and you burn a few calories – win-win. Well, the next thing you know, that dog is looking at you expectantly when you come home and park your car – hey, it’s not raining, you’ve got 15 extra minutes – you take the dog out again. Next thing you know you’re moving more and liking it!

You want a nicer yard. Dig a hole. Once the hole is there, chances are you’re going to be compelled to put a plant, a shrub, or a tree in it. Next thing you know, the shrub needs a friend – you dig another hole. No pressure, no grand landscape plan … just a hole.

Want to get organized (okay, we admit we’re a little biased here). Get a larger storage unit (or a small, 2nd unit). Nothing else, just more space. Well if you’re like me, that’s going to inspire you to put something in it. Since you’ve got more room, it’s not a hassle.  You aren’t going to have to fight your way into your overburdened existing unit to shove in one more item. Next thing you know, you’ve got more space at home, now it’s easy to put a little organization into place when you’ve got a little room to work with.

So, grab an energy drink, listen to Ride of the Valkyries, and get yourself pumped up to take just one action. Who knows where it will lead!

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