Hands up if you say any or all of these: “I don’t make resolutions because I never keep them.” “I like to set goals all the time, not just at New Year’s.” “I don’t believe in making resolutions.” “I think New Year’s resolutions are stupid.” “Oh, I haven’t thought about it yet.” If your hand is up, please put it down because I would like to change your mind. I think there are some very good reasons to make New Year’s resolutions.
Whether you’ve just had a bad year or a great one, a New Year is a bright shiny new canvas just waiting for you to make your mark. You can put failures and regrets behind you. As Taylor says, “shake it off” and move onwards and upwards. If you had successes, use them as a springboard to even more success this coming year.
Are there areas in your life that are stuck in a rut? Ask yourself if you’ll be any happier at the end of next year if you keep doing the same things 24/7/365. A new year is a fantastic opportunity to embrace newness. Resolve to get out of that rut whether it’s career, relationship or financial related.
How do we grow? How do we better ourselves? No one improves by accepting the status quo. You grow through challenging yourself and pushing yourself to do new things or things you don’t want to do. It is not easy keeping New Year’s resolution – they are challenging.
As I said, it’s hard to keep to a resolution. But, accepting and pushing through a personal challenge gives you strength. By battling your own self-resistance you will achieve character growth.
Don’t you want to stick it to failure? Wouldn’t it be great a few weeks or months down the road to be able to celebrate your success in achieving your resolution? And this time next year, think how motivational it will be to look back on your success with resolutions this year. Success breeds success. A big win for self confidence.
There are lots of reasons we don’t tackle things we don’t like and continue doing things that aren’t good for us. A desire to change is so often stymied by a fear of failure. Making New Year’s resolutions gives you impetus to fight that fear.
You only have one life so you should give it good stewardship. Why would you not want to be the best you can be? Many things in life are out of your control or influence. Why then turn down opportunities to move forward and be better in things you can control?
Do you not make resolutions because you think it is old-fashioned, because your friends don’t do it, because you/they think it’s silly? Why follow the crowd? Get outside that box. There’s strength in being contrary and unique. You can only win when you make resolutions AND stick to them.
In working on your own New Year’s resolutions you can motivate and inspire others. Even just changing your behavior can be a positive force, whether it’s becoming a model employee, a committed exerciser or just a nice person who considers others.
I know that sounds cheesy but making New Year’s Resolutions kicks down the wall of cynicism that people hide behind when confronted with the need to change. A resolution is an acceptance that you want to change and can change. It is a hope that you can be better and do better.
Don’t you think you owe it to yourself to set New Year’s Resolutions?
How to set your resolutions:
Be simple and don’t set so many that you are overwhelmed. You will find it easier to set and keep to your New Year’s Resolution’s if you use the SMART method. Your resolutions should be
Resolutions take a lot of effort, grace, soul-searching and motivation to achieve. But hey, you’ve got a whole year to work it out.
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