New Year's Resolutions

20 January, 2015

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, more importantly forward to the coming year. It’s time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.

Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.

Popular goals include resolutions to: improve physical well being, improve mental well being, improves finances, improve career, improves education, improve self, travel, volunteer, get along better with people, make new friends, spend quality time with family members, settle down and discover new cultures.

The most common reason for participants failing their New Year’s Resolutions is setting themselves unrealistic goals, not keeping tack of their progress, forgetting about their New Year’s Resolution or making too many resolutions. If New Year’s Resolutions fail it might have been in our motivation, willpower, planning or reflecting.

Here are some tips to help her New Year’s Resolutions work:

  1. Focus on one resolution instead of several.
  2. Set realistic, specific goals.
  3. Don’t wait till New Year’s Eve to make resolutions. Make it a year long process, every day.
  4. Take small steps.
  5. Celebrate your success between milestones.
  6. Focus on the present.
  7. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Have fun and laugh at yourself when you slip, but don’t let the slip hold you back from working at your goal.