Does the beginning of a new year make you think about your life, what you have accomplished in the last year, and what you wish to do next year?
Do you feel the urge to make resolutions?
The urge to make resolutions arises also at other times too, not only at the New Year, in response to certain situations or events. You might watch a movie or read a book that has a strong impact on you, and this makes you want to make changes in your life, or awaken the desire to achieve a certain goal.
In these situations, people often make resolutions, and then begin enthusiastically and emotionally to execute them.
The problem is that after a while, the emotions calm down, enthusiasm wanes away, and they quit what they started.
We often make resolutions and promises to act in a certain way, improve our habits or our life, behave in a particular way, study, look for a new job or a partner. We even start acting according to our resolutions, but this goes on only for a short while.
We start with much noise, but end in silence. We make resolutions enthusiastically and optimistically, but then we lose our enthusiasm and stop doing what we promised ourselves to do.
Why we don’t follow through with resolutions?
1. Most resolutions are triggered by emotions and not by common sense and reason. When it comes to action, we often discover that the resolution is too big, requires too much work, or that we do not really care about it.
2. We often expect immediate results, and if we don’t get them quickly we quit.
3. A resolution made on the spur of the moment, triggered by emotion is often short-lived.
4. Our habits and mindset stand in the way of fulfilling resolutions, especially when the resolution requires changing habits, learning new skills, or doing something new.
What to do to have better chances of fulfilling our resolutions?
- You first need to ensure that making this resolution is good and beneficial for you.
- Use your common sense and be a little detachment, and then ask yourself whether you really want to follow and fulfill this resolution.
- It’s great to be enthusiastic, but a resolution also requires common sense and thinking.
- Start with simple resolutions, and when you accomplish them, move to greater resolutions.
- Write down your resolutions and read them every day.
- You need some degree of willpower and self-discipline to carry out resolutions. Visualization and affirmations can also help.
Do you make New Year resolutions?
You can make resolutions on the eve of the New Year, and you can make resolutions at any other times. It is usual to make resolutions on the New Year, maybe because of the force of habit, of tradition, or because everybody does at this time of the year.
The rules are the same, whether on the eve of the New Year or at any time of the year.