New Year’s Resolutions: Expectation vs Reality

I don’t think I’ve ever met a single person who, at the end of the year, told me they had accomplished (or even worked on) their resolution from January. Think about it. How many people do you know? How many have talked about a New Year’s Resolution beyond February? That’s because, for most of us, we lose focus, lose interest, or set a different goal for ourselves somewhere along the year. Here are some popular resolutions I’ve heard, and what I’ve seen them end up becoming (some from personal experience):

Resolution: I’m going to work out 5 times a week!
Reality: I’m going to work out 5 times a year!

Resolution: Become “well traveled.”
Reality:

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Resolution: I’m cutting sugar out of my diet completely!
Reality: I’m not going to eat sugar after 8 PM!
Reality: I’m not going to eat sugar in front of my husband!
Reality: I’m not even going to tell my husband I bought that cake that I just ate while hiding in my closet.

Resolution: Spend less, save more!
Reality: Ooh! LulaRoe! Jujube! Starbucks!

Resolution: I won’t waste so much of my time on social media.
Reality:

resolutions social media

 

Resolution: I’ll work to manage stress better.
Reality: Oh I forgot—“lack of stress” does not coincide with “mother” no matter what I do!

Resolution: I’ll quit smoking. It’ll become easier as each day passes.
Reality:

new year's resolutions smoking reality

 

Resolution: I’ll get better organized! It’ll be like Pinterest exploded in my house!
Reality: Now, where did I put my keys?

Resolution: I need to cut back on my drinking.
Reality:

resolutions drinking

 

Resolution: I’m going to be more patient with my toddler and not yell so much this year!
Reality: We’ve only been awake two hours on January 1st and my throat is already dry from yelling the same instructions over and over, “GET YOUR SHOES, IT’S TIME TO LEAVE!”

Resolution: I will stop procrastinating!
Reality: I’ll start next month.

We get brownie points for trying, though, right? Right.

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