New Year’s Resolutions. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when the New Year is mentioned. In fact, if people could pack an overnight bag of 10 things to take into the new year, New Year’s resolutions would be nestled in right beside the toothbrush. But the truth is that most resolutions only last until the clean up crew has time to tidy up Times Square and put the ball away for next year.
Experts say that it takes 21 days to solidify a new habit into your routine. So, if you look around on January 22nd and you haven’t kicked that bad habit or started a good one, you probably won’t. Sorry. Actually, that’s not such a bad thing because here’s the good news. You have 17 chances this year (365 days/21 days) to start something new…or even something old that you had forgotten about.
As I walked through Potomac Mills with my wife yesterday, I remembered some old things that I used to do – old things that worked. One thing was to do something new every single day. And most of these things didn’t cost any money. I would call someone that I hadn’t talked to for months. Or take a different route when going to work. Occasionally, I would even pull out the Jaws-of Life, slowly peel my wallet open and buy something new. In fact, that’s exactly what happened yesterday.