Just Say No to Resolutions!

January 2, 2011

I wonder how many people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. I did a quick Internet search for the percentage who kept resolutions but could not find a definitive answer. What do you think? 10%? 50%? I read some articles that said close to 50% of people keep their resolutions. Other articles were much more grim.

A 2009 article on CNN says while 100 million Americans make resolutions, only 1 out of 5 keep them*.  1 out of 5? Yikes! Who wants those odds?

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? As a gym goer, I can definitely tell the fresh meat beginning on January 2. The gym is packed for a month, maybe two, but by March, the gym I know and love is back to its old self again.

What’s more important – do you keep your New Year’s resolutions?

If you are in the percentage of folks who don’t, I have a new challenge for you.  Just say no to New Year’s resolutions!

Several years ago, a church in Wilmington, NC, started the “my one word” experiment*. Its basis is to choose one word to describe who you want to be in the new year. This allows you to eliminate the quick fixes that become your resolutions and instead focus on one thing, one word. Over the years, the words people chose included cheerful, disciplined, gentle, consistent, and selfless.  The church even has a blog dedicated to your success: http://myoneword.org/blog/.

So throw out your resolutions, and choose one word to describe who you want to be in 2011. I wonder, what would that one word be?

Word of the Week Year: Confident
Word to the Wise: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1

Disclaimer: The author of this blog makes no claims for the invention of the “my one word” experiment. Rather, the author encourages you to check out the original source, select a word, commit to it, and share it with others. Happy 2011!

* “How to Make those New Year’s Resolutions Stick,” CNN.com, January 20, 2009.
** Port City Community Church, “My One Word,” http://myoneword.org.


3 Responses to “Just Say No to Resolutions!”

  1. Trinidee Says:

    I am resisting the obvious joke to “resolve to say no to resolutions.” Okay…so maybe in stating my resistance I made the lame joke anyway. YIKES!!!

    The “one word” idea is appealing. I’m headed to the website to check it out. The word I will prolly choose is self-serving…but necessary if there is any opportunity to serve others. So…my un-resolution word will most likely be “resilient.”

    Happy New Year, Hbur. Here’s wishing you a year full of unbound happiness, continued success, and prolific blogging.

  2. Sara Says:

    “Resilient” is an awesome word Deeds, and one I think you already exemplify!

    I was already thinking something similar about the new year. Rather than a word, I was working on setting an intention (you know, like you do in yoga sometimes before a practice). I think my intention might be kindness to myself and others. I haven’t fully committed yet though… 😉

  3. Becky Says:

    I think I would go with “prioritize.”

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