Wisdomology

New Year’s Resolutions

“I think in terms of the day’s resolution, not the years'”
-Henry Moore

It’s that time of the year again. We make one or more promises to ourselves and possibly others. We call those promises resolutions.

But in recent years, that term seems to have lost much of its significance. In fact, some even go as far as admitting that if they call their goals resolutions, they’re bound to break them.

While doing my research for this post, I came across several articles and surveys in which people people said that resolutions are broken so often that it’s almost became a negative connotations.

An arcticle on howstuffworks.com, an article suggested why that is and possible remedies for it.

One of the first things suggested is to keep resolutions realistic. Very often, in the spirit of the holiday season, some go overboard in envisioning bigger things which are not always practical.

Life coaches and psychologists suggest that resolutions should be made in the same manner we make any other goal. We should keep each resolution practical and realistic.

My personal method for this is as follows: Think about your resolution. Then ascertain what the first step would be to move towards it. Solely focus on that first step till it’s complete.

if needed, break that first step down into multiple mini steps. Break it down as much as you need to till it seems relatively simple to conquer.

Sometimes this is difficult to do because we think of our resolutions as New Year’s resolutions. The aforementioned article on howstuffworks.com suggests that if we think about a resolution for just the first week of January, psychologically, it seems less daunting and allows us to retain our initial enthusiasm.

To sum up, keep resolutions practical. Approach each one in multiple steps and pieces. Try to avoid the term “New Year’s” and think more about them as “January’s” resolutions.

How do you feel about resolutions? How do you approach them? If you’ve made resolutions in the past, have you been successful with them? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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