New Year Resolutions are made and forgotten in the first few days of the new year. Yet they are much more than mere wishes. There is a reason why they are so talked about when the year comes to an end:
1. They give voice to our innermost hopes and fears. It is easy to forget what matters to us and thinking about your New Years Resolutions makes you stop and take stock of what needs to change in life. The things important to us but that get de-prioritised in our daily life top this list.
2. They are there so that we learn and grow. These are the things that are holding you back, beckoning and challenging you. They are a big part of your personal growth and you should not take them lightly. In accepting the challenge as laid out in your resolution, you will go through new experiences that are necessary for you to grow mentally, physically and emotionally.
3. Not following up with them will leave us stagnant. You should go through making your New Year Resolutions a reality because otherwise you will be stuck with the same challenge facing you year after year. To move onto newer and more exciting challenges you have to conquer what is there in front of you. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like a challenge, so I propose that you call your New Year Resolutions your New Year Challenges.
How to keep your New Year Resolutions/ Challenge
Try to achieve it in the first 3 months. The horizon of an entire year gives a false sense of security and the feeling that you have enough time. As January passes you realise that the resolution was more wishful thinking than something you could potentially achieve. So start now and start it so that you will finish it as soon as possible in the new year.
Keep one and only one. It will take time and effort to bring to fruition even just one challenge. Don’t spread your will power in trying to achieve all at once. As you complete your first challenge, that is the time to take up the next. You can keep the cycle going till the end of the year or just bask in the glory of achieving your Challenge in only the first few months.
Be as specific as you can. Having a bunch of friends or family to help you clarify your goal to make it more measurable definitely helps.
Special mention to those who want to lose weight as part of their new year challenge: We all know what it takes to lose weight but it is sometimes the execution of the plan that has us stumped. Keep your resolution so that it forces you to act on the plan- e.g. I will go to the gym atleast 3 times a week without fail. Or that I will eat only 1 dessert a week – whatever is your weakness, break that first.
Now go and make it happen!