So here we are, a month into the new year. How many of us already have seen those lofty resolutions go by the wayside? I can’t speak for everyone, but I have a difficult time with New Year’s resolutions simply because they’re made during one of the most inhospitable months of the year (yes, I know that sounds sacrilege to the ski crowd, but let’s be honest).
January features a scarcity of sunlight and often bitter-cold temperatures (think about the cold snap we endured during the holidays). There’s also the added stress of holidays, which can leave you a little frazzled. For those reasons, I typically think of “New Year’s resolutions” as something of an oxymoron. Of course, that just might be my cynical journalistic nature.
Whitney Ladd Otto, a leadership development consultant with Valor Performance near Boston, is more of an optimist. Otto believes resolutions are a great way to see winter in a positive light.
“The dark of winter is when we most need the hope that resolutions signify,” said Otto. “January 1 offers us the clean slate of a pending new year and the collective energy of people around us working towards change. This time of year can signal to us that it’s time to plan our own renewal into new habits and new patterns.”