New Year Resolutions: A Thing Of The Past Or Present?

New Year Resolutions: A Thing Of The Past Or Present?

It’s the beginning of a New Year and one of the things that characterizes every New Year in an individual’s life is New Year resolutions.

As the name sounds, it is a time to sit, take certain decisions and resolve to stand by that decision. The Cambridge dictionary defines resolution as a promise to yourself to do or to not do something. Its other meaning is the act of solving or ending a problem or difficulty.

The oxford dictionary explains resolution as a firm decision to do or not to do something. It also covers the quality of being determined or resolute. These definitions all fit into our idea of New Year resolutions. It is a firm decision to either start doing an activity, quit doing that activity or to achieve more.

Many people make resolutions every year. Some of these resolutions range from improving one’s diet, starting one’s company, changing jobs, getting married and finding a wife. All these needs or wants are specific to the individual.

More often than not when the year starts many are in a hurry to list their new year’s resolutions. They never draw up an action plan to active their resolutions, hence most of the time by the second month in the year or the first quarter of the year, many let go off these resolutions.

Many reasons account for this sudden drift. Some people interviewed during this write up cited family and societal pressures, lack of finances, blame on the economy and lack of discipline and determination as reasons of not being focused. All these reasons make me wonder if New Year resolutions are still relevant in the 21 Century. In this year wants to help its readers achieve their New Year resolutions with these few steps. We believe that the world is changing and humans have to adopt a plan to leave up to the world’s expectations.

The first step to follow through with your New Year’s resolutions is to keep your resolutions simple.Keeping one’s resolutions simple is the key to remembering one’s resolutions. Sometimes, people list a tall list of things which sounds like they want everything achieved at once. One should bear in mind that change in its self takes lots of time.  Keeping one’s resolutions simple helps one to prioritize what is to be done first.

The second way to achieve your new year’s resolution is to perhaps adopt the hierarchy of needs. Doing this helps you to know which is pivotal to your happiness, health, fulfillment and working life. For instance maintain a healthy diet or deciding to stay fit with exercises in this year will not only improve your health but add a sense of pride and make you happy, if your resolution is achieved.

In listing one’s New Year’s Resolution, being Realistic is a caution. Being realistic means citing achievable goals.  If you are one of those who was not able to achieve his or her resolutions last year, then take a cue from this and set realistic resolutions. Being realistic with your goals means not aiming too high. It also means you analyzing the reasons for your failure to achieve your set resolutions.

One other way to achieve your New Year’s resolution is to break them down into smaller portions. These can be down by breaking them into quarterly achievable goals. This might be an essential way to achieve those goals and to the end. It is advisable that you always go back to remind yourself about your resolutions and take decisive plans to achieve them. The important thing is to have the willpower or determination to achieve these resolutions. Set clear, realistic goals such as losing 5 pounds, going back to school, exercising on the weekends and decide exactly how you will make this happen.

Like planning in corporate organizations, there is the need to set long and short term resolutions. These come with achievable time frames. Resolutions are better planned in diaries to serve as a reminder always. So as the year has begun, if you don’t have a calendar, buy a calendar or diary  and start planning  your actions for the coming weeks or months, and decide when and how often to evaluate them.

One other way to achieve your resolution is to motivate yourself as you take inspiration from others.Motivation is keep in achieving those goals. By motivation, tell yourself you will give yourself a good treat after achieving any of your resolutions. As you take this step remember to get inspiration from other achievers. A word of caution though, be careful not to get swollen headed.

Many at times, it is difficult to always follow through, even if you are determined. Life’s adversities can always take you off that track, so in essence it is important to receive support from friends who are achievers. You can only fall on such friends as support system, if you carefully choose the people who have shown themselves to be trustworthy, supportive and explain your plans. Let them know of ways they can help when the going gets tough, and if they’re truly caring they’ll know the right things to say during the hard times.

Never give up on your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t quit and keep setting new resolutions every year. Bear in mind that people always go off track in the year, but only a few find their tracks. Be part of that few and achieve great results. When it happens and friends are unable to help you, draw on your reserves of self-belief and strength. You are allowed to draw inspiration from your past achievements and don’t become critical of yourself. People with higher self-esteem and confidence are in a much better position to succeed, so immediately forgive yourself and say “I’m starting again now!”

Lastly, remember always that you are in charge of your actions. These resolutions are under your control. Have a strong sense of discipline and control over your life and actions will ultimately get you there. Some people are used to blaming others for their actions, but to succeed in your New Year’s resolutions, you need to take the blame for your actions and move on. It is scarcely to face up to the future but determined to join the league of many who have dared to keep up with their New Year’s resolutions and trust me you will be equipped to face any hurdle in life.



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