New Year’s Resolutions

The website Statisticbrain.com has posted a list of the most common New Year’s resolutions from 2016 and they are as follows:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying fit and healthy
  6. Learn Something exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. 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:

  1. Quit eating unhealthy amounts and types of foods.
  2. Quit throwing everything in a junk drawer or in the back of the closet.
  3. Quit spending money on things that don’t bring you joy to be able to save for things that do
  4. Quit spending time focused on things that don’t bring joy and start spending time focusing on things that do
  5. Quit finding excuses not to go to the gym
  6. Quit being complacent with what you already know
  7. (we’ll leave quit smoking as it is – if you smoke, you should see your doctor about quitting)
  8. …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.

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