The website Statisticbrain.com has posted a list of the most common New Year’s resolutions from 2016 and they are as follows:
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Spend Less, Save More
- Enjoy Life to the Fullest
- Staying fit and healthy
- Learn Something exciting
- Quit Smoking
- Help others in their dreams
- Fall in love
- Spend more time with family
I must say that whoever thought ‘falling in love’ was something you could resolve to do must know something the rest of us don’t!
Anyway, I think it’s interesting (though predictable) that the only quit on the list is smoking. It’s much less common to say “This year I resolve to quit my job/marriage/graduate school.” But let’s take a closer look at these resolutions – I bet each of them could be seen as a quit.
Here’s a revised list:
- Quit eating unhealthy amounts and types of foods.
- Quit throwing everything in a junk drawer or in the back of the closet.
- Quit spending money on things that don’t bring you joy to be able to save for things that do
- Quit spending time focused on things that don’t bring joy and start spending time focusing on things that do
- Quit finding excuses not to go to the gym
- Quit being complacent with what you already know
- (we’ll leave quit smoking as it is – if you smoke, you should see your doctor about quitting)
- …you get my drift…
I offer these as an example of how often it is necessary to quit something to bring beneficial change into your life. They also illustrate how not every quit involves leaving a job or relationship, there are many small quits that can have big impacts on your life.