By Lindsey Meallo
With 2021 fast approaching, the ever-popular question, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” is filling my conversations. I have resolved not to commit to any resolutions this coming year due to my track record of “falling off the wagon” very early on. I’m not alone; a majority of us don’t live up to these promises.
So, if the worst-kept secret is that New Year’s resolutions fade away after a few weeks, why is the practice still prevalent in our culture?
Maybe it’s our romantic nature of believing in change. You know that habit you’ve always wanted to kick? Well, now is the time! New gym membership? Hello, toned arms! Your friend’s cousin is vegan, and it doesn’t look so bad? A complete diet change it is! Who can resist the subtle seduction of a clean slate? The drive to leave all your personal inadequacies in the past and create a shiny new you is tempting.
A more productive exercise is to replace those expectations with contemplations about why we feel the need to change in the first place? Here are three steps that can help you make that shift:
- Make Changes that Suit Your Lifestyle: A few years ago, I set a resolution to spend less time on my phone, so I was only going to use my apps on the weekends. The unfortunate reality is that social media is unavoidable. My decision to make a resolution of this nature seemed to revolve around a desire for personal connection. The solution was not as easy as deleting Instagram. Instead, I was better served by focusing my energy on engaging with the world around me.
- Set Realistic Expectations: Maybe we need to forget our resolutions and instead set realistic expectations. Start fresh in a way that serves you and is possible based on your current reality, without waiting for the New Year to do so. Change is more impactful with lifestyle shifts anyway, not 30-day challenges. Life is unpredictable. Imagine making the resolution to “Get Out of the House More in 2020.” Yikes!
- Engage in Self-Reflection: A problem cannot be resolved without first discovering its cause. My personal goal is to open myself up for self-reflection to build a foundation for change. That takes more time, but I would rather see healthy changes that stick than kicking a habit within the first 30 days of 2021 and then going back to my old ways in February.
Now that 2021 is upon us, I hope you’ll join me, focusing on sustainable changes instead of New Year’s resolutions and experiencing the benefits all year long.
About the Author
Lindsey Meallo is Channels B.I. Commissions Analyst at Granite, an ACW Platinum Sponsor. Granite delivers one-stop communications solutions to multilocation businesses and government agencies throughout the United States and Canada. Granite is the leader in aggregating Plain Old Telephone Services (POTS) and has extended its unique value proposition — “one company, one contact, one bill” — to include a range of advance business communications services, including Internet access, SD-WAN, wireless WAN, hosted PBX, SIP trunking, mobile voice and data, mobile device management, managed security, network integration and much more. For more information, visit www.granitenet.com.