It’s the first week of the New Year and the week of new years resolutions. More often than not I have heard people say I don’t believe in new years resolutions, I don’t do new years resolutions, or it’s just another day, another year.
After reading the definition, there are plenty of reasons to make a resolution this year.
1. The act of process of resolving (ie break up or separate)
Are there situations in life have we had to cut something or someone out of our lives in order to help us become healthier, become more positive, become more at peace? Sometimes it takes an act of another person, an event, or maybe even a day to commit to our selves to remove something out of our lives for the better.
2. The act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
One of my favorite aspects of beginning a new year is the idea that we can look back on the previous year and reflect. We can assess all of the things we failed at, succeeded at, laughed at, cried at, people we met, people we lost, and so on, And all of these situations can teach us something about the world, about others, and about ourselves. The idea here is to take the time to learn from the past so that we can make our future even brighter. Imagine if no one ever took the time to look back an reflect on the past, it’s like we are ignoring history all together. And yes, I will go there, you know what they say, history repeats itself and I will add, if you let it.
3.The act of answering
Solving an issue, a question, a problem. Using the insights we have from the previous year, what our answers to developing and implementing solutions this year? If we don’t commit to finding the answers, to solving the issue, to fixing a problem or challenge, how will we progress? How will we level up? How will we become our best version of ourselves?
4. The act of determining
This is my favorite one. Because at the New Year we get to set the tone and determine what is next. We get to put the pen to the paper and design. And if we decide not to determine our future, we will inevitably let someone else determine if for us.
So I have to admit, it’s taken me almost 33 years to look up the formal definition of resolution and honestly I think it’s a pretty good one. I don’t see anything wrong with making a resolution at the new year or any day for that matter. If we don’t have a clear vision, if we don’t have a direction, if we don’t define our purpose, how will we achieve, live, embrace the life we aspire to live?
I remember in sport psychology we learned that people fail at least six or seven times before succeeding at resolutions. But guess what? They eventually succeed. I sometimes wonder if people shy away from resolutions, goals, commitments because they are afraid of failure? I am pretty sure most successful people, whether it is on new year’s day or on a random day, take the time to resolve, to analyze, to answer, and to determine where they want to be in the future.
Call it whatever you want. A resolution. A goal. A vision. If we don’t take the time to write out and get clear about what we want in life, we will get whatever life hands us. So whether you decide to sit down on January first, January fourth, March fifth, whatever day it is – resolve to be better than last year, last month, last week, than yesterday.
Wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2018.