What is your New Year’s Resolution this year? Did you make one last year? If so did you achieve what you set out to accomplish? Not me! Didn’t make one. In fact, I cannot even remember the last time I did make a new year’s resolution.
The concept of making a resolution on New Year’s Day never made much sense to me. Whenever I decided to do something, I would just resolve right then and there to accomplish it. Why wait until New Year’s Day to start? Just because it happens to be New Year’s Day, I could not arbitrarily decide that there is something I am willing to dedicate my energy to.
If you read my post on creating habits, you will see that I am apt to resolve myself to reaching my objectives all the time.
Why would you want to make a resolution for next year?
Something makes us want to make life better. The only thing that will make you happy is to make progress. I love tracking my progress and celebrating little victories along the way!
Resolution means that you have resolved to do something. Making progress is the secret to being happy. Making progress to that monumental something that you have resolved to accomplish in the next year could bring you happiness.
Look back before looking forward.
As you begin drafting your resolution for next year, reflect on 2016. Review the entire calendar. Ask yourself “What did I achieve?” Turn your experience into insight. Look at the area of Businesses / Relationships / Finance / Family / Faith
Stay in a positive state throughout the process by expressing gratitude for the blessings of the past year. Now ask yourself the question that Ray Edwards uses to prepare for the year ahead. “What do I most want to be thankful for one year from now?” – Ray Edwards. Let this become a focus for the New Year.“What do I most want to be thankful for one year from now?” - Ray Edwards Click To Tweet
This nugget is from a fantastic primer for preparing for the new year, ACHIEVE WHAT MATTERS MOST IN 2017 by Michael Hyatt
Three Components of a compelling Resolution:
- Have a Vision. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
- Strong enough Reasons to Follow Through
- Got to Review it and Feel it Every Day