Well it that time again, the end of an old year (and a terrible one at that) and the start of a new one. New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. As we move into 2021 most of us will be doing what we seem to do each year and that is to set our personal and professional goals for the New Year if the UK government ever lets us out. You know what I’m talking about, the one thing on everyone’s lips the moment they stop singing Old Land Syne and the smell of burnt-out fireworks fills the air. Your New Year resolutions, those big lifestyle changes you aim to achieve in the up and coming year.

Those objects we all set ourselves in the hope of a new beginning, and let be honest those objectives we all seem to break within a month of making them. That change in lifestyle that will transform your life around instantly, right all the wrongs, correct all the in balances, and reverse decades of decadence.

Recent research showed that while 52% of participants in a new year’s resolution study were very confident of achieving their goals, only 12% actually did.

Some common new years resolutions are:

  • Lose weight
  • Become fitter by joining a gym
  • Quit smoking
  • Spend more time with the family
  • Quit drinking
  • Control your finances move
  • Get organised
  • Learn a new skill
  • Help others
  • Get out more and enjoy life
  • Not get Covid-19 (let’s hope you all stay safe)

Hey, but then maybe that’s why we fail year after year – and I’m including myself in this – What sort of a life would it be with taking away our simple pleasures, we have discovered that in 2020 with the loss of our freedom to a point. The concept of enjoying a life ‘more’ without alcohol, cigarettes, junk food or general treats is beyond most people’s comprehension and potentially would make then more unhappy rather than enrich their lives and let’s face it we all need cheering up after such an awful year.

I don’t think anyone should really give up these pleasures but instead should just have them in more moderate proportions and avoid the places where you will have access to all these good things….avoid pub, cafes and restaurants.

However learning a new skill, spending more time with your family (if we are allowed), getting out more and getting more organised are all a lot more realistic aims. In fact, you can almost bunch a lot of them and kill a few birds with one stone. My recommendation here is to go online and research something you have always wanted to do and then find out where they are running courses and sign yourself up.

Another suggestion is to go online and start looking for that dream holiday you have always wanted once the world recovers from Covid-19 and our isolation period is over. Once you know where you want to go then you can make plans and start saving for it. Products come and go but a good memory lasts forever so go make some in some exotic faraway place. How about try Asia or Africa? Maybe you want a luxury break closer to home in say Europe. Then why not try Spain or Greece.

Good luck for 2021 in whatever you do and I hope you achieve all you set out to.

Stay Safe, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.