Well gang here we are on the cusp of a new year…do you have resolutions? To be honest, I think resolutions are kind of like excuses, most everyone has one and it’s not worth much. Ouch, that was pretty harsh wasn’t it?
Don’t get me wrong, I used to be a huge resolution maker…going to lose weight, going to be a better person, going to work at relationships, and so on, blah, blah, blah! What I have learned though is that resolutions are not goals (at least not for most people)!
I guess that we think of the New Year as a new start, but what if…what if we think of everyday as a new start? See to me, making a New Year’s resolution is just putting off something that you should be starting NOW!
I believe that we get so caught up in the future that we neglect the here and now and before we know it, the here and now is HERE and we push off making that commitment that forces us to take action.
The main issue I have with resolutions is that they are excruciating! No one can possibly maintain it because most resolutions that are made are centered around sacrifice, deprivation, and doing something you don’t really want to do! There’s no plan, no process and no way of measuring how it’s going.
Of course, there are exceptions, and if you are one please post about your experiences. I know there are some people who make resolutions and stick to them and KUDOS to you!
I encourage you if you are making a resolution, to change the language to a goal and keep it SMART–Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Realistic, and Timely…and I wish you ALL the SUCCESS in the world!!
What do you think about resolutions???
Sid Savara says
Definitely agree that every day is a day to start. I think one benefit of new year’s resolution is that everyone is doing it. I don’t have hard data to back it up, but I bet the general social climate is more supportive of change and self improvement choices during January (e.g., if you’re trying to give up drinking, lose weight, quit smoking etc). Plus, since everyone is doing it, you’re more likely to find a supportive buddy starting around the same time as you 😉
Yes, I love that perspective on it…I think we are supportive of change no matter when it happens, but you’re absolutely right that at this time of the year it’s easier to find an accountability partner who is also looking to start a new program:-) Excellent point! Thank you…