WORTHINGTON - For most people, creating a new year's resolution is like making a wish before blowing out the candles on your birthday cake; you make one and proceed to immediately forget about it.
Only 9 percent of people said they were successful in achieving their resolution last year, according to a study from the Statistic Brain Research Institute. Kristin Walerius, executive director and counselor at Rising Hope Ministries, knows all too well about the success rate of new year’s resolutions.
“It’s only January, but by now, many have fallen off,” Walerius said. “By the end of the month, most people will have completely forgot about their goals.”
Her workshop looks to change the way people approach new year’s resolutions. “Rock Your Dreams 2017,” takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Worthington Christian Church. It aims to help participants create specific goals - or in this case, dreams - that are actually achievable and help motivate them to reach those dreams.
“When we make resolutions, when we make goals, it’s because we have a dream of what we want to be for the next year,” Walerius said. “So I felt dream is a less scary word than a resolution.”
“The rocking part goes along with the phrase ‘oh, you rocked that,’” Walerius added. “It’s that idea that ‘we got this, we can do this, we can achieve the dreams we have.’”
The focal point of the program is creating a vision board of images, phrases and ideas meant to be a constant source of motivation. On Thursday, Walerius was cutting out parts of magazines to make her own vision board.
“I’m working on putting mine together because I don’t have everything figured out, either,” Walerius said. “It’s something that’s in front of you, that you see everyday, that reminds you of your dreams so you can work toward them.”
One of the magazine images Walerius cut out for her board was a picture of Supergirl.
“By seeing that on the board everyday, I say, ‘OK, it's a brand new day, it doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, I'm gonna go out and be a superhero today,’” Walerius said.
The workshop focuses on making small, specific goals as opposed to broad, general ones that really aren’t possible to reach. Walerius used losing weight as an example, saying people should work toward attaining specific losses, rather than simply throwing it out as an idea.
“I’m not just going to say I’m going to lose weight; I say I'm going to feel better and have more energy when I get my weight to this amount,” Walerius said.
The goals can be modified as the year goes on, and as progress is made.
“For January, this is going to be your goal that's going to get you to this point, and by February you’ll have a goal to get you even further,” Walerius said. “It breaks up those goals; you have something that’s actually manageable.”
Walerius said imagination tends to disappear the older people get, but if they focus on their dreams, they can retain the ability to have them.
“I think as adults, we say, ‘I’ve got this life, I’m stuck’ and we forget that there are things we can do to change it,” Walerius said. “We can all reach our dreams if we remind ourselves of them every day.”
The workshop is open to people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths. To sign up, go to www.rhmcounseling.org by 5 p.m. today.