New Year’s resolutions can be short-lived. It’s easy to be motivated in the first weeks of January with a fresh year ahead, but when 2017 starts to get stale is when it gets difficult to stay on track with your goals.
Finding a role model to keep you on track for the entire year is tough, but the NFL has plenty. No matter what your goal is for 2017, you can find it on the football field.
So if you’re running low on motivation, look no further than these NFL players to inspire you to reach your goals:
I will read more in 2017: If Andrew Luck has time in his busy schedule to crack open a book, you can surely find a way to fit more reading in. You could even join Luck’s book club.
I will sleep more in 2017: Finding time to sleep can be difficult, but Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe managed to do it during an NFL game.
I will be more assertive in 2017: If you’re someone who doesn’t always voice your opinion, you’re not alone. There aren’t many like Richard Sherman, who yelled at Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for calling a pass play near the goal line. Sherman always speaks his mind and it seems to work for him, even if it gets him in trouble from time to time.
I will donate to charity more in 2017: Donating yourself by jumping into the Salvation Army kettle like Ezekiel Elliott isn’t the best way to stick to your resolution.
But Elliott went ahead and donated to the cause for real later in the week. Even better, his celebration caused a huge spike in donations.
I will work out more in 2017: As a matter of fact, let’s work out so much in 2017 that, like Steelers linebacker James Harrison, we have to wear sweats to the gym so we don’t discourage anyone else, because our arms are so damn big.
I will not litter in 2017: Kinda like the Bills fan that threw a dildo out on the field against the Patriots.
I will become more fashionable in 2017: Some of us are more into style than others, and there’s no question that Cam Newton has been on one extreme end of that spectrum with his outfits before and after games.
I will become a better dancer in 2017: New dances come in waves every year, but it’s also good to remember the trends from the past. Odell Beckham Jr. did an amazing job of doing that this season with several different tributes to Michael Jackson throughout the season.
I will be inclusive to those around me in 2017: Jeff Fisher and the way his relationship with Eric Dickerson went sour is a good example of why this needs to be done. Fisher didn’t want Dickerson around the team, and eventually Fisher was fired.
I will eat more in 2017: Just like Zeke, baby.
I will be more active in 2017: Like playing more basketball. Just don’t get fined for it like Vernon Davis.
Hold that form!
I will put old grudges behind me in 2017: Pretty much the same way that Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. have. Those two really went at it last season, and it’s been pretty tame this season.
I will think through every facet of difficult decisions before I make them in 2017: Let Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan be a cautionary tale. He made a knee-jerk decision to try and block Saints DT Nick Fairley back in Week 3, and at the very last second, thought better of it. Ryan saved himself from disaster, but just barely.
I will swear less in 2017: Oh, who are we kidding? No, we won’t.
I will spend less in 2017: Learn a lesson about frivolous spending from the Houston Texans, a team that gave Brock Osweiler a $72 million contract with $37 million guaranteed and then benched him for Tom Savage in Week 15.
I will finally settle down in 2017: It wasn’t love at first sight for OBJ, but as we watched his relationship with the kicking net evolve, he decided to make things official.
“Hopefully it all works out. I'm 23, I don't know much about marriage but she seems like a pretty good gal,” Beckham said.
Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and take that leap.
I will try something new in 2017: Just because 346-pound defensive tackles don’t normally throw touchdown passes doesn’t mean they can’t.
Dontari Poe, who became the heaviest NFL player to ever pass for a touchdown, can be an inspiration for us all. Don’t let labels define you. It’s OK to draw outside the lines sometimes.
I will find a new job in 2017: Jeff Fisher, Rex Ryan, and Gus Bradley already have a head start on the rest of us.