How many of you made a New Year’s Resolution? How many of you have already “fallen off the wagon” with that resolution? If you said yes, you are not alone. 80 percent of the population who begins the new year with a resolution will let go of that resolution before February. Some have already thrown in the towel, called ourselves a failure and quit. But what are you quitting? And more importantly, why? 

What happened to your resolution? Did you make a mistake? Eat something you shouldn’t? Miss a day of a workout? Forget to do something? So what? What if you ate some cookies (or an entire package of Oreos)? What if you got busy one day and didn’t get a workout in? So what? Why are you quitting? Why?

Every year, millions of people resolve to do something in the New Year and the bulk of them give up because of minor setbacks. But that doesn’t have to be you. 

That wagon you fell off is make believe. What’s stopping you from hopping right back on? That’s the thing about setting goals — you can always refine, redefine and try again. Stay committed to the long term goal and begin again. Every day is a new day and a chance to try again. 

Most of us set goals or make resolutions to try to become better people. Why do we let minor setbacks totally trip us up? My challenge to you if you’ve “fallen off the wagon” is to get back up, dust your knees off and hop right back on. 

Are you willing to try again? I hope you are, because you’re worth it!

For more information about Cowley County 4-H or Cowley County Extension Programs, contact the Cowley County Extension Office, (620) 221-5450, (620) 441-4565.


Kelsey Nordyke is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for K-State Research and Extension, Cowley County, P.O. Box 538, 311 E. 9th Ave., Winfield, KS 67156.

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