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 New Year Resolutions?
The urge to make resolutions arises not only at the New Year, but also at other times too, in response to certain situations or events.
You might watch a movie or read a book that has a strong impact on you, making you want to make changes in your life. At other times, something or someone might inspire you to achieve a certain goal.
In these situations, you might make resolutions, and then begin enthusiastically to carry them out.
The problem is that after a while, the emotions calm down, enthusiasm wanes away, and you might quit what you 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 search for a partner. We even start acting according to our resolutions, but this goes on only for a short while.
People often start with much noise, but end in silence. People make resolutions enthusiastically and optimistically, but then lose their enthusiasm and stop doing what they promised themselves 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.
When starting on a new path, or when deciding to make changes and improvements, you need to give the matter some time and thinking.
Why start a new venture only to quit after a while? If you keep doing so, it would become a habit, and you might quit everything you start doing.
Before every decision you make, you need to be sure you want to carry it out and that it will improve your life. You also need to be sure that it would not harm anyone. Then, gather all your inner strength to persevere and to accomplish it.
How to have better chances of fulfilling our resolutions?
1. First, you need to ensure that making a particular resolution is good and beneficial for you.
2. Use your common sense and be a little detached, and ask yourself whether you really want to follow and fulfill this resolution.
3. It’s great to be enthusiastic, but a resolution also requires common sense and thinking, planning self-discipline and perseverance.
4. Start with simple resolutions, and when you accomplish them, move to greater resolutions.
5. Write down your resolutions and read them every day.
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.
Make useful and reasonable resolutions, and stick to them until you accomplish them. What’s the use of making them and not carrying them out?
The rules for making resolutions and carrying them out are the same, whether made on the eve of the New Year or at any other time of the year.
About the Author
Remez Sasson is the founder of Success Consciousness. In his articles and books, he teaches about positive thinking and motivation, visualization, gaining inner strength and inner peace, achieving success, and about improving one’s life.