Don't Set New Year's Resolutions
Take Action in The New Year
By Wendy Hearn
It's that time of year again when we start talking and
thinking about New Year's Resolutions even though
they're old hat and we instinctively know they don't
work. Because your friends, family and colleagues may
chat about what Resolutions they're going to make, do
you find yourself wondering whether to make any? We
know that within a few days or weeks, the Resolutions
will be forgotten, nothing will have changed and yet
for some reason most people still worry about them.
So why do we still bother with New Year's Resolutions?
First, they're a custom and a New Year ushers in a new
start, so what better time than now? There's even a
small chance that we may stick to our Resolutions this
year, so we have a go. The main reason some people
think about New Year's Resolutions is because they
want to change things in their life.
There's the usual New Year's Resolutions, such as I
want to lose weight, change jobs, or earn more money
but they tend to be the same ones you've had for years
and they're still incomplete. These types of
Resolutions are too vague. It's this vagueness,
coupled with a lack of action which means that most
people don't achieve their New Year's Resolutions.
For Resolutions to work, they need to be well thought
out and have real meaning. If not, they become a
vague item on your "wish list" instead of actually
doing something concrete about them.
The word resolution comes from 'resolve' and means to
make up one's mind or decide firmly. Prior to New
Years Day you may think of Resolutions you want to
make and probably feel you've made up your mind, but
what happens? Probably, very little or even nothing
at all. Even though you know that Resolutions don't
usually work, it seems that most us still want to make
them. Perhaps that's because other people around you
do it, so you feel you should follow suit because
there are things in your life which you want to be
different. The end of a year is a time for clearing
out and completing things, to leave us with a clean
slate ready to start a new year. There's something
about a new year, a new beginning, and a fresh start
which encourages us to make New Year's Resolutions.
It's a powerful feeling to know you have a year ahead
of you and you can choose what you do with it. It's
a time for reflection about where you want to go next.
What about committing to New Year changes and actions,
rather than Resolutions? The key to achieving what
you really want in life and business is to take action
to achieve those changes. It's the lack of action
which stops us from having what we most want. What
you want will be different for each individual and may
You may think I'm talking about life and business
separately, yet they're inextricably linked. The key
point is that you may want to focus on your
professional life, yet this is directly related to
your personal life.
Thinking about New Year's Resolutions may have made
you aware that there are some changes you want to
make. I encourage you to take steps on a consistent
basis to make these changes, rather than vaguely
tossing Resolutions around and not doing anything
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