What good is a New Year’s Resolution if you don’t commit to see it through?
Twenty-thirteen has come and gone and as with each new year, we find ourselves making New Year’s resolutions. Here we go again with roller coaster resolutions. We start out with the best intentions, but if we don’t commit, our efforts are short lived.
Why not try a new approach this year? Instead of making a new year’s resolution, why not just commit to a better you. The truth is that without a commitment, all you really have is a wish list anyway.
Year after year, people make the same old resolutions that likely only stay alive the first 30 days of the year. But if each year, you commit to and act upon creating a better you, then each year you can improve upon what you accomplished the year before. In a way, you simply do what you did last year, but only this year you do it better.
On the flipside, if you make the same resolution year after year, and only progress towards that goal for the first 30 days of each year (year after year), history will simply repeat the same lack of success (a.k.a. failure) unless you do something different.
Time to Take Personal Inventory
Maybe you haven’t taken the time to evaluate your life and recognize the changes that have taken place in your life over the past few years. It could be that those old goals are no longer relevant in your current life or the life you wish to live. So what do you do?
For starters you can take some time alone, away from or without the family if possible. Spend some time with yourself and reflect on the “right now” you and the progress towards a better you. Ask yourself:
- Am I happy?
- Am I where I want to be in life?
- Is there anything in particular that I have always wanted to do? To be? Or place I’ve wanted to see?
- What’s the one thing lacking in my life that would contribute to the quality of my life?
- If I could change one aspect of my life, what would it be and how could I go about it?
- Do I keep making the same mistakes, mishaps, misjudgments over and over again?
- Am I blocking my own blessing?
- Do I keep doing the same thing time after time without desired results and yet expecting success anyway?
- Have I been a vessel to bless others in some way?
By no means is this an exhaustive list of questions to ask yourself, but it’s a start to get your juices flowing. Before you answer any of these questions, get a journal, tablet or even sticky notes and put your answers in writing. Somehow putting things in writing have a way of bringing things into reality.
Renew, Refresh, Reset Your Life
Once you’ve written down the answers, take one question and answer at a time and devise a plan to Renew, Refresh and Reset Your Life to a better you.
“Every day presents opportunity to hit The reset button on your life.” Charita Cadenhead