Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions for this coming New Year?
New Year’s Resolutions are promises that we make to ourselves. And it’s tradition that we make them near the start of a fresh year.
New Year’s Resolutions are usually about changing bad habits. For example, “I will stop smoking” for men. Or, “I will go on a diet” for women. “I will spend more time with my family” for fathers. And “I will study harder” or “I will start to save up” for the young.
And usually, people make a list of New Year’s Resolutions –more than one.
Why? Because it’s the start of a completely new year and everybody is excited to make a brand new start in life.
But there are a couple of things you should remember when you make New Year’s Resolutions.
First, of course I don’t need to tell you that when you make New Year’s Resolutions, the rule is: The fewer, the better.
This rule is simple enough to understand. The fewer promises you make to yourself, the harder you can concentrate on them to make them come true.
Second, make sure that each New Year’s Resolution that you make has a good chance of happening. In short, make sure they are possible or realistic.
Don’t write down plans that are sure to fail. Because when they fail, you’ll feel disappointed and you’ll think you were the reason your plans failed.
This isn't completely true. Because right at the beginning, you didn’t think of the practicality of your ideas. You didn’t set the time frame. You didn’t think of the exact way you’re gonna do it.
You were just feeling so excited because of the hopeful mood of the coming New Year’s Day. Just like everybody else in the world. You felt like you could do anything and change your life exactly as you wanted.
But after the feeling dies down, after the "power" mood goes away, what do you have?
Nothing. Just a hang-over and cold, harsh reality: Your plans are difficult and maybe impossible to come true.
Then you spend the whole year just moving from one failure to another, from one disappointment to another. Until, before you realize it, the whole year is already finished.
So, if you’re going to make New Year’s Resolutions, make sure they’re practical. Not impossible.
Third and last, don’t connect New Year’s Resolutions with just New Year’s Day. I know it’s very dramatic and the perfect timing to make big decisions, but think about it, Who said that people can make Resolutions only during New Year’s Day?
If Resolutions are only for New Year, imagine that I were a smoker and I wanted to quit my bad habit in April.
What should I do then? Should I wait until next January to try it?
In short, if you really want to make Resolutions on New Year’s Day, then go ahead and do it. But don’t let the New Year high spirits control your brain. Always remember that that feeling can’t stay forever and soon it'll leave you alone.
In fact, what you should concentrate on is the time after New Year’s Day. The great feeling will go, but never let your determination and will power go together with it.
The New Year spirit will be there with you at the start, but it’s not gonna take you for the rest of the marathon.
You're still the one who has to cross the finish line.