The Pros and Cons of making New Years’ Resolutions.
Posted On January 6, 2023
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The New Year is a time for hope, optimism, and most importantly – resolutions. The first day of the New Year is also considered the start of a new era. Consequently, millions of people all around the world make resolutions — to lose weight, quit bad habits or take up a new hobby. However, many people struggle to keep their promises and resolutions. Here are some pros and cons of making resolutions:
Get clarity and commitment to the goal.
New Year’s resolutions are not only a good way of improving your life, but they are also a great opportunity to set a concrete goal and get clarity about your purpose. Not only will this give you the commitment to succeed, but it also provides clarity of purpose, which leads to more productivity and less stress. A goal can be anything you desire: healthier, more fit, financial freedom, more time with loved ones, etc. Whatever your resolution is, it should be aligned with your purpose. You may find that your resolution has more to do with the state of your life than the life you want. For example, a healthier resolution could be to eat healthier and get more exercise to bring balance to your life. A financial resolution could be to start saving money for a future goal.
Create a habit of success.
When you make resolutions, you want to make sure that you follow through with them. This is one of the requirements to create a positive habit. Make it a habit to say ‘yes’ to doing something every single day, and that something doesn’t matter. It could be taking a walk, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ writing down 3 things you are grateful for, etc. Successful habits create success and give you the confidence to try new things. So, if you are trying to lose weight, make it a habit to walk every day, instead of driving to and from your destination. When you get used to walking, it will be easier to walk longer distances and also help with weight loss.
Set an achievable deadline.
If you want to become financially free, make it a goal to become financially free by a particular date. You can set an achievable deadline to achieve this goal. Set deadlines for all your goals so you can measure your progress. When you set a deadline, you are making it a clear and measurable goal. You have to take steps to achieve this goal, and you have to participate in them. Make it a goal to write down your goals daily and post them where you can see them every day. This will help you stay focused on your goals as well as give you daily inspiration. You can also create a journal to track your goals and see how you are progressing.
Consistent action is required.
When you make resolutions, you want to stay consistent. This means you have to follow through with your goals, even when it’s not easy. What happens when you have a goal is that you feel like you want to do it, but you don’t know how to get there. This is where you need to follow the directions. You don’t have to do it right away, but when you get the steps, you want to follow through and complete the task. Consistent action will get you where you want to be in life when it comes to making new year’s resolutions. It will be easier to achieve your goals if you follow the steps below.
Set a new goal for the New Year.
No matter what your intention for the new year is, it’s important to set new goals and create new resolutions for the coming year. New dreams and new goals will help you change your life for the better. You can set new goals for your health, for finances, or any other area in your life. You can also set a goal of helping others through volunteering or donating to charity. The important thing to remember is that your new year’s resolutions have to have a long-term purpose. You can’t simply decide to be more positive or to spend more time with loved ones. These are short-term goals that won’t have much impact on your life. Instead, you should set long-term resolutions with a bigger impact.
New Year’s resolutions are a common tradition around the world. They are a great way to set intentions for a new year, create clarity around your goals, and get committed to taking action. Making and keeping resolutions is not always easy, but it is definitely worth it. When you decide to make a resolution, it can help you live a more fulfilled life by setting goals and taking actions that will bring more happiness and joy into your life.
Dr. Ronald Bissell is a retired surgeon, author of 6 books on Personal and Spiritual Growth, writer of numerous articles and facilitator of workshops. He has been giving talks to help people with life-threatening diseases for the past 10 years. After three years of chemotherapy he recently had a bone marrow transplant to treat Multiple Myeloma. His work now involves helping others with life-threatening diseases as well as teaching people how to live their best lives without fear or anxiety.