It’s that time of year again when people begin to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the next. I’m definitely one of those people who like to reflect, but I’m not always the type of person to make New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes I am so overwhelmed by life that the idea of adding anymore pressure on myself sounds more idiotic than telling an ostrich to fly.
Other times, however, I need a little push…a little motivation. I know that I want certain areas of my life to be less stressful, so I make a resolution to make improvements. One year I focused on eating healthier. Another year I focused on building relationships. Yet another year I didn’t resolve to change anything. I was busy with two kids, three jobs, and going back to school to get my Bachelor’s degree. Adding any more pressure on myself was only going to make matters worse. For that season of my life, I let myself off the hook.
But right now, I am in a season of more time and flexibility. I only have one kid at home during the day who goes to preschool four afternoons a week, I only work part time, and I am able to make regular time for hobbies. Now is the time for me to stretch myself and prioritize my time well. Now is the time for me to be having a renewed vision for my future and making some goals surrounding that vision.
A resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something”. It isn’t wishy-washy or wishful thinking. It is a firm decision. And when you make a firm decision, you take action.
The most important part about making New Year’s resolutions is to make them realistic. They need to stretch you, otherwise they won’t really be much of an improvement, but they don’t need to be a heavy burden for you. Your resolutions won’t feel like a heavy burden for you as long as they are things you truly want to change. If you are still hesitating or on the fence about making the change happen, it probably won’t happen because it will feel like such a burden. If, however, you are passionate about changing and you make realistic goals for yourself, you are more likely to succeed.
Don’t make resolutions for yourself because that’s what other people do. Make resolutions for yourself because you want to.
I would also recommend only making one or two New Year’s resolutions. The fewer the better, because you are more likely to follow through if you aren’t taking on too much. Having only one or two resolutions also allows you to focus on these improvements enough for them to become a habit. That way, when the year ends, you will hopefully be able to make a new resolution, rather than trying your last resolution again. 🙂
Here are some tips to making a realistic New Year’s resolution:
- Choose one area of your life that you most want to change.
- Form a vision of how you want that area of your life to look and write it down.
- Write down your resolution, using the vision you wrote down for help. Be as specific as possible, so you know when you have accomplished your goal.
- Make a plan by breaking your resolution down into manageable parts. You may have smaller goals to reach every three months or even one small thing that you will try to do every day. Once you have met your first small goal, you are ready to move on to the next.
I hope this helps you make your New Year’s resolution(s) this year! Please share your New Year’s resolutions in the comments. I’d love to hear them! 🙂
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