Another New Year is upon us and as we always do… we will all be planning on making decisions and resolutions to make our lives bigger and better this year, improving lives by getting rid of bad habits, starting good habits or a combination of the two!
I guess New Year’s Day is a better time than any to set these up for the year – the first day of a brand new, untarnished year!
The wonderful world of Wikipedia states (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year’s_resolution):
“A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to one or more lasting personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. According to Gretchen Rubin (author of best-seller “The Happiness Project”): “You hit a goal, you achieve a goal. You keep a resolution”. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous. A New Year’s Resolution is generally a goal someone sets out to accomplish in the coming year. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible. A key element to a New Year’s Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year, and new beginnings.”
But really a resolution is just that… it’s your commitment no one else’s… personal or professional, if you keep it then you can pat yourself on the back and now you’ve succeeded, if you fail you can set a new one and keep on trying or maybe just try and lower the bar a little; trying to climb every mountain in the world in a year may be a little to excessive!!!
Checking out the web and there are so many resolutions you can use for inspiration… but I thought I’d list the top most quoted resolutions:
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Fit in fitness
- Tame the Bulge
- Eat Healthily
- Quit Smoking
- Enjoy Life More
- Quit Drinking
- Get out of Debt
- Learn Something New
- Get Organised
This one made me smile so I thought I would share it with you:
“My new year’s resolution is: a) to do my exercises in the morning, b) to have a slower approach to life – and stop to kiss the flowers.”
If you want to read an article to keep you focused on why New year’s resolutions are NOT a good idea check out Wisebreads comments at http://www.wisebread.com/why-your-big-new-years-resolutions-are-pointless
If you are committed to making you resolutions stick then you can keep your resolutions and continue on your new path if you set realistic goals, allow for set-backs, train yourself in positive thinking, surround yourself with a strong support system and don’t give up. No matter how you do it setting goals takes planning to achieve and you have to realise that there will be ups and downs, as is the way with most things in life!
Think about what you need to do to achieve your goal and make sure you set those things in place when going for that goal. If it doesn’t turn out the way you planned, think about how you can do it differently for a better result. And if you find yourself off-track at the end of the year, don’t stress about it too much.
There’s always next year!