It’s that time again, when we welcome in another new year. There is much hoopla about the types of resolutions we will make on January 1. And I wonder… Why do we need New Years Resolutions? Why do we wait until the year turns over to resolve to make changes in our lives?
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life**
Okay, that’s a cool definition, I get it. But, how about this. Every day is an opportunity for a fresh start, a do-over from the previous day’s shortfalls.
Every time the sun rises, we can forgive ourselves as we rise and shine, knowing that yesterday is behind us, never to be repeated.
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Why do we need New Years Resolutions?
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves as we await that one day, January 1st, to crack the whip and become a fresher, healthier, stronger, prettier, slimmer version of ourselves. What would happen if we did just a few simple things:
1. Decide what, if anything, we wanted to change, adjust or improve about ourselves.
Most of our resolutions sound good, and they may have merit. But if we have to google “New Year’s Resolution Ideas” to come up with a list, what’s the point?
Instead, consider what you ponder regularly, the area(s) of your physical, spiritual and emotional well being that you KNOW are out of sync. It is a very personal thing that might not be important to someone else, but it is to you.
There may be one item on your personal list, or there could be several. There is no ‘correct’ number of resolutions, or goals, that we should have. You might decide to set a particular goal now, and a month from now add another goal to it. Now you have two.
Your list of goals will change…ebb and flow…over time. If you make these decisions with a calm and clear perspective, regardless of the date on the calendar, how much more success you will achieve!
2. Prepare Our Mind, Body & Heart for Change
It’s one thing to come up with a list of New Years Resolutions, no matter if it’s January 1st or any other of the 364 days we live in a year.
It’s another thing entirely to know we’re actually ready to work on that action, or skill, or goal, or whatever is on the “list”.
I’ve learned in my 60+ years that my entire person, my mind, my body, and my heart, have to be working together in sync in order for me to have the capacity to make changes and improvements, develop healthy habits in my life that actually stick.
Preparing yourself for change is a process and it CAN be done! It takes some honest introspection, a willingness to put in a little bit of work, and a spirit of anticipation.
Do you want to prepare yourself…all of you…for change, growth, and have the strength to make it happen?
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3. Put that resolve into action…
…by a) committing to it in writing, 2) sharing it with another person, and 3) begin working on it now.
We don’t need a list of resolutions just for the sake of creating them on a certain day. Yay, I made my list. Now all I have to do is accomplish all of them.
It may seem overwhelming to think that we have to successfully accomplish 5 new years resolution goals, for example. And you know what happens when we feel overwhelmed? Usually, not much of anything.
Instead, set your goals as they make themselves known to you, and make changes slowly with measurable and attainable segments.
Consider using a journal, a notebook, a post-it note or even a scrap of paper. The point is to commit to yourself by putting your goal in writing. Share it with someone special to you (unless it is highly personal) to reinforce your commitment. Then, set your first measurable segment.
New Years is a momentous day for sure. It is Day 1 of a brand new year, just waiting for us to live it to the fullest. Enjoy the day for what it is, and set your individual goals throughout the year.