For the most part, most people fail at resolutions because they are not realistic. There's nothing wrong with striving to be the best you can be. However, frustration kicks in when you set unrealistic goals to get there.
The number one New Year's resolution is losing weight. That's great but unless you're a person with a speedy metabolism, you can't set a goal of losing 50 pounds by the end of January. If you do, you are no doubt using a dangerous method.
A realistic resolution would be to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet, and of course, exercise that is suitable for you. Don't take a Shaun T class if you haven't worked out in 30 years.
Realistic resolutions consists of things within your control. One example is your attitude. Instead of being angry at the environment and the people within, make a resolution to seek how you can create a more peaceful environment for yourself. Evangelist Joyce Meyer said "Do what you can do, and God will do what you can't", and she's right.
Topping the New Year's resolution list along with losing weight is making a lot of money. There are so many get-rich-quick schemes in this country that it's ridiculous. Then, you have those who have made a career out of playing the lottery--scratch-off tickets in particular.
I have witnessed people at lottery machines who have won from a scratch-off ticket, cashed it in, and bought more tickets. Talk about insanity! It saddens me to see the elderly go through this, due to a cut in their benefits or the lack thereof.
It's a losing game. If a person do win a few thousand bucks, they are only winning back the money they put out in buying tickets over time. A better resolution is to try and save what they spent on lottery. If they keep a log of how much they spent, they will realize that they had the money they needed all along.
Bottom line: Before you make a New Year's resolution, be realistic. Depending on the resolution, you may have to take into consideration your age, race, weight and gender.
Believe it or not, these things may have a bearing on your outcome, especially in this superficial society we're living in.
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