One Simple New Year’s Resolution That You Can and Will Keep

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. December 30, 2016

One Simple New Year’s Resolution That You Can and Will Keep

At the end of every calendar year, I feel an urge to review and renew. I like the feeling of renewal. I like to be able to stop doing some things, keep doing others and start doing new things.  I like to evaluate where I have been and where I am going. I love to plan. I really enjoy thinking about the things I will do, the places I will see, the people I will meet and the food I will eat.

And I think about what I can be, give and do.

For whatever reason – the end of a calendar year is the perfect time to think about change. And after 60 plus years on planet Earth, I have learned how New Year’s resolutions work best for me.

A Personal Goal

A resolution works best for me when I think about it as a goal. I start big picture and then get more precise.

Do you make resolutions? Many people have stopped making resolutions because they have not always been able to make them come true. This is because we make too many resolutions or they are too grandiose.

If I may be so bold, I have a suggestion for a resolution if you are looking for one.

Resolve to be more safe in the New Year.

Again – to accomplish a resolution, you should be specific. And you should write it down.

Here is your resolution:

I resolve to make my house safer for me and my family in 2017.

This resolution will require a little time and a little money but it will be worth it. Here is how you can make your resolution come true:

I am going to buy grab bars for my bathroom and have them installed properly.

That’s it for 2017!

By implementing that resolution, you will have greatly improved the safety of your bathroom for you, your family and all who visit your home.

A Safer 2017 is a Happier 2017

Do you feel better knowing that you may have prevented the most common occurring accident in the home - falling? You should because you are now the hero of your home! You may not receive an award but you will be comforted to know that you have taken a big step toward helping others – tall and short, old and young – all will be safer in your home in 2017 and beyond.

Speaking of beyond – wait until you hear our resolution for you in 2018. It is such a good one that they may already be preparing your next tribute – spoiler alert – it may be a statue!

Best wishes from Safety In Place for a safe and injury-free 2017!

Let us know if you need help with the grab bars!!

Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.