Everyone always knows that the tradition of the ending for every year is making some sort of comittment to either being or continuing a goal or making a change. Even though most of us continually make resolutions and effortlessly break them every year, this year should be the beginning of change.
In my opinion, before thinking about making a resolution, consider the following. First, think about if making this new goal or change is going to benefit you. How will it change your life? How will it effect your family and friends? Will it add to your life, or weigh it down? It’s best to look at all sides of starting something new before you set your self up for failure.
Secondly, think about what do you want to improve about yourself. It could be anything from taking up an exercise regimen, learning a new language, or just improving your interpersonal skills. It doesn’t matter what it is, just as long as it’s going to make you happy or you feel that it will improve your life tremendously in some way.
Third, just think about the idea of STICKING to a goal. Forget about reaching the goal. Just focus more on sticking to it. Most people feel so good about starting or making a resolution, but when it gets down to it, most of us DON’T CONTINUE AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS. So before you begin, just make sure whatever you want to pursue or change, you are really gonna give it your all this time.; that you are really going to stick to it no matter what. The only thing that holds you back from achieving your goals is YOU.
Getting Over The Mental Challenge
The biggest challenge is getting into the right mind frame. Prepare yourself for the journey ahead. For example, one of my resolutions for this year is learning spanish (again). I used to take spanish when I was in Junior High School, but being that I didn’t use it very often and I didn’t speak to people in spanish made me almost forget about what I learned. So for 2009, I am going to register myself into a class to learn spanish again. This will help me in my everyday life because learning another language is fun and its also a marketable tool. Learning spanish will make me a better asset to any company because lots of companies look for employees to speak other languages besides english.
I know that I have the skills to learn spanish because I have taken spanish before and I haven’t fully forgotten everything, but it would be good to become fluent in the language so that I can use it to speak to customers & clients who don’t speak english.
So whatever your reason is for making a resolution, be sure that it’s something that you already started that you want to continue, or set a resolution that will make you more marketable.
NOTE*** This is just my opinion, not professional advice.***
Staying Dedicated To Your Resolutions
I know that in this day and age, it is very hard to stick to things, because there is always something new coming or there is always a better method. To avoid insanity, just stick to what would make life easier for you. If reminding yourself everyday helps, then do that. If you need an alarm to kind of be the reminder then set it. If you like to write things down, then do that. Whatever will make you stay on track is what is going to matter in the long run.
Yes, we are all busy, we all have things to do. But if you know that your resolution is going to make a big difference in your life, then why not just stick to it. Besides, what is squeezing 10 or 15 minutes a day? No one is too busy to do what makes them happy, so just stick to it and you will thank yourself in the end.
My New Year’s Resolutions
I have several New Year’s Resolutions that I am going to mentally dedicate myself to stick to no matter how bad my day is going, or how lazy I get. I am determined to achieve these specific resolutions because they all play a huge part in my development mentally, emotionally, financially, socially, & spiritually.
As I stated above, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to re-learn spanish.
My second New Year’s Resolution is going back to school. I am in the middle of a career change, so going back to school to finish getting my degree will help me get better pay & a new work environment.
My third New Year’s Resolution is to become closer to my sisters. My sister’s & I didn’t grow up together, but we saw each other from time to time. I want to actually get to know them better & form a tigher bond. This will help build a better relationship between us & bring us closer.
My Fourth New Year’s Resolution is to start saving money for the future. Although I don’t have bad spending habits, I want to start saving so that I can have money for the future. You never know what will happen in the future, so it is very important that I start getting my finances straight now, so that I don’t have to worry about emergencies.
Giving Yourself The Best Gift For The New Year
The only gift that you should give to anyone is YOU. You should give yourself the gift of knowing that all the things that you didn’t accomplish in 2008 will be accomplished in 2009. Prove to yourself beyond a resonable doubt that you will achieve all of your goals. Make YOU your number one priority when it comes to things that mean a lot to you. You are making changes for the better. You will not only be focused on your goals, but you will be changing your life significantly. Regardless of what your resolutions are, just stay true to yourself, have a positive attitude, and everything will work out just fine.
Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!