No More Resolutions! Best Care EAP Offers a New Approach

Published: Feb. 1, 2023

According to an article about the origins of New Year’s resolutions, “the ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. … They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any object they had borrowed. These promises could be considered the forerunners of our New Year’s resolutions.”

Today, many people still choose to make resolutions, but reports that 91 percent of people who make resolutions fail to follow through with them.

From Resolutions to Reminders

If you made a New Year’s resolution, it’s not too late to take a different approach. Staff from Best Care EAP and Methodist Community Counseling decided to take a new direction as they set personal resolutions for the new year.

“We didn’t want to be contributors to the growing number of failed statistics,” said Dave Dechant, a Best Care EAP training consultant. “So instead of resolutions, we went with reminders, which suggests we simply need to remember to do something. It feels more achievable.”

Staff members decided to name one thing they would commit to reminding themselves to do every day in the new year.

“Following through with our reminders may help us stick to our personal plan to make a change,” Dechant said. “At least that’s what we’re hoping for.”

Examples of the Reminders Staff Set for Themselves:

  • “I want to remind myself to take more ‘me’ time.” – Michelle Hruska, NE LAP coordinator
  • “I will remind myself to not worry so much!” – Julie Vandervort, Methodist Community Counseling Program
  • “When feeling stressed, I will remind myself that this may not matter in five years.” – Dave Dechant, training consultant, Best Care EAP
  • “I will remind myself to take personal time to recharge so I can be more grounded with my family.” – Danielle Garrison, program supervisor, Methodist Community Counseling Program
  • “I will remind myself to take my vitamins every day.” – Brigette Morris, business development coordinator, Best Care EAP
  • “I will remind myself to put down my phone when with my family and be present in the moment.” – Brian Turille, manager, Accounts and Educational Services, Best Care EAP

In the words of Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do.” Do your best to follow through with New Year’s reminders, and it may help you improve your rate of finishing the year on target.

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About the Author

Lisa Dempsey serves on the Best Care Employee Assistance Program Sales and Marketing team as the coordinator of communications/promotions.

She works closely with clients to create promotional materials and helps generate content for the Best Care EAP website.

Dempsey enjoys learning about health topics by interviewing health care professionals. She also likes working collaboratively on ad campaigns and being involved at events within the community.

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