Every year we make new year’s resolutions. Some of us are successful in completing our new year’s resolutions while some of us are not. There have been years that my new year’s resolutions have fallen through the cracks and others where I have accomplished much, but why are new year’s resolutions important?
I’ve heard the argument that we shouldn’t make new year’s resolutions because we end up failing and, ultimately, become disappointed in ourselves. Some people say we are setting ourselves up for failure because we want to accomplish too much. I believe that new year’s resolutions are important to making us better people.
Making new year’s resolutions pushes us to work towards a better “me” and, even if we don’t accomplish those resolutions, we are still working towards a better future for ourselves. New year’s resolutions also allow us to take a look at our lives to see what needs to change. In taking a look at our lives, we see the negative that affects our lives and we strive for that better part of ourselves. As the new year comes along and you begin to view your lives to set those new year’s resolutions, think about a few goals to set.
First, make on big goal. Make this goal the main goal that you want to reach. In setting this goal, try to think of the following things. Is your goal:
- Specific: What exactly do you want to accomplish?
- Measurable: How will you know when you’ve reached this goal? What will you be able to do?
- Action: What will you need to do in order to reach your goal?
- Realistic: Is this goal reasonable? How do you know?
- Timely: When will you reach this goal? What is your deadline?
After you have come up with your main goal, think about some smaller goals to set. Make goals for your family, your financials, home, work, health and (most importantly) your spiritual goals.
If the idea of goals scares you, think about it a different way.
- What habit would you like to make?
- What habit would you like to break?
- What skill do you want to master?
- What books do you want to read?
- What new place would you like to explore.
Don’t let the idea of new year’s resolutions scare you. There is a lot of good that can come from a new year’s resolution. And if you fail, it is okay. Continue your resolution into 2020. If you think your main goal will take more than one year but there are steps you can take to break down that goal during this coming year, accomplish those steps. Use the new year to build a better “you”. See it as a fresh start.
And to everyone reading, have a blessed 2019!