Every year thousands of people make New Years resolutions which they ultimately give up on within the first month or so. The act of making the list is rather rhetorical, as the majority know that they will never accomplish those resolutions. The list is made out of tradition, not with the intent to succeed.
A resolution is an action taken to resolve a problem. Who wants to start the new year thinking about a list of problems they must tackle? A New Year’s resolution is a cumbersome burden no one wants to bear. Just the sound of it is overwhelming.
Throw those resolutions out. You are not going to accomplish them anyway. Instead list your goals for the new year. Think positive, dream big. These are things you want to accomplish over the course of the next twelve months.
Ahhh you say, isn’t that the same thing as a resolution? Well, sort of, but it is a mind game for motivation. Which do you want to do? Which makes you feel that success is possible? You can only pick one of the following:
* List your resolutions for the new year — those problems you intend to resolve.
* List your goals for the new year — those things you want to achieve.
Which phrase encourages you to take action? Which phrase makes you go uggghhh? Do whatever provides you with the most motivation. If taking a slew of problems you have resolved to correct inspires you, then by all means go for it. If setting forth a list of goals to complete inspires you, then take that route.
The desired outcome, whether you choose to set resolutions or goals, is to cross those items off your list one-by-one as you complete them. Every item you cross off the list provides you with a feeling of accomplishment. The more things you cross off your list, the more encouraged you will be to keep working on that list.
What are my plans for 2017? I have made a resolution to resolve problems by setting forth a list of goals to accomplish within the next year.
Happy New Year!