This month our resident advice columnist, Mark Harrod, gives us his two cents on keeping your New Year's resolutions.
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Mark, It's the 15th of January and I’ve already fallen off the wagon with respect to my resolutions. What gives?
That's a tough one, Pat. I think the key is not viewing resolutions as all-or-nothing changes in your life. I don't want to make any assumptions, but if your resolution was to get up at 6:00 AM and do your stretches every day you were doomed from the start. There are always going to be times when the world conspires to keep you in bed. I don't sleep a lot, but 6:00 AM ticks on with me still in bed these days. Particularly when I take melatonin to help get to sleep the night before.
Side-note: the Target brand melatonin pills I have are either super-powered or I’m a very sensitive sleeper. The worst and most vivid nightmares I've had are melatonin-induced. One morning, last week, I woke myself up by yelling, "WHO IS IN THE HOUSE?!" I should stop taking that stuff.
Anyway, give yourself a break and just start over on the resolution allowing for inevitable failure. Instead of "I'm not going eat Taco Bell in 2017," use "I won't eat Taco Bell in a vehicle in 2017," forcing yourself to dine-in should do the trick.
Mark, what are some of your resolutions for the New Year?
Pat you are keyed-in on resolutions this year, eh? If you'll help hold me accountable, I'll spill the beans on one of them.
Wear cowboy boots to work every Thursday. So far I'm one-for-two on this one. I've dragged coworker, friend, and previous Mark's Mailbag questioner, Justin, in on this resolution. His reaction to my forgetting to wear boots on Jan 12, "Mark, I am very disappointed in you." As he should be.
There's always next week, though. The only complicating factor will be if I have to suit up for a big meeting. I'm a confident guy, but I’m not wear-cowboy-boots-with-a-suit confident.
Mark is a former lawyer who lives in Nashville. If you see a guy that looks like a former lawyer in Germantown, feel free to say, "Hi." You can also find him on the internet at basketofchips.com and @cmharrod.