New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

At the start of every New Year, there are two different types of people.

The first type of people are those who find New Year’s resolutions to be a waste of time. This group of people may have tried setting New Year’s resolutions in the past and since these past resolutions were never achieved, these people don’t feel it pertinent to set more resolutions. Some people may feel that New Year’s resolutions are too stressful and simply choose not to participate.

The second type of people are those who do make New Year’s resolutions. This group of people may set very lofty goals in hopes of having their best year yet. As noble as most of these people are, only a small percentage of people are able to achieve their New Year’s resolutions by the next December. This, however, does not stop this group from trying.

Whether you like New Year’s resolutions or not, we can all admit that they are notoriously made to be broken. There are several reasons why New Year’s resolutions don’t come to full fruition, but if you are able to change your goal setting style, your New Year’s resolutions just might become a reality in 2015.

Be specific.

Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions that are made are very broad and general: lose weight, save money, etc. Since these resolutions are so broad, it makes them very hard to achieve because it leaves the person without a place to begin. In order to make your resolution achievable, you must think more specifically in order to give yourself a plan to follow.

If you want to lose weight in the new year, get specific. If you state that you want to lose twenty pounds by exercising three days a week, this gives you a much clearer plan and will make your resolution more achievable. The same technique can be used in writing. If your goal is to write more in 2015, get specific. Saying that you want to write more in 2015 by writing at least 500 words every day will give you a better idea of what you can do in order to reach your goal.

Don’t get discouraged.

Most New Year’s resolutions are big, life changing goals that cannot be achieved in a month. However, many people seem to give up on their resolutions after January ends if they haven’t started to see results. Remember, these are New Year’s resolution, meaning that you have all year to complete them. If you stumble a few times, don’t count it as a loss. A lot can change in twelve months and even if your resolution isn’t complete in January, it’s not time to give up. Stick to your resolutions and you’ll have a higher chance of completing them.

Be realistic.

The last thing that you want your New Year’s resolutions to do is to stress you out. However, setting goals that are absolutely out of reach will lead to nothing but aggravation. New Year’s resolutions such as winning the lottery are unrealistic and not left up to you. Make sure that you are in control of your New Year’s resolutions. Instead of winning the lottery, set a goal for yourself to improve your performance at work in order to get a raise or promotion. If you make resolutions that you are capable of achieving, the likelihood of you achieving them goes up. Don’t leave your resolutions up to chance or to someone else.

New Year’s resolutions can be intimidating, but make sure to having some fun with them. They don’t necessarily have to be self improvement based, as so many popular ones seem to be. Planning a trip to a destination you’ve never been to before or reading every book off of Time Magazine’s 100 Best Books of All Time list are examples of resolutions that can be fun and you will still feel a sense of achievement by completing them.

If you have your New Year’s resolutions set, I wish you the best of luck! Feel free to share your resolutions in the comments. To all of those who are reading, I wish you a Happy New Year!

Until next week,

Debbie

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