(This page contains affiliate links.Read my full disclosure.)
What are your New Year’s Resolutions?
What is it that makes people stay up until the wee hours of the morning one night out of the year? My primary objective in life is not to see how late I can stay up, but getting up in the morning. New Year’s Resolutions or not.
If I can get up each morning, it is a major accomplishment that I should celebrate with eggs, bacon and a hot cup of coffee — which is about all the celebrating I can handle.
I’m not anxious to see someone drop the ball on New Year’s Eve. I do enough of that myself throughout the year and believe me, nobody cheers.
One thing I am most careful to do each New Year’s Day is to make out my resolutions for the coming year. Granted, I may start thinking about these resolutions sometime in October but nonetheless, New Year’s resolutions represent one of the most ancient of human rituals. I say “human rituals” because it is not known if the animal or plant world enjoy such exhilarating rituals. I know in my house my 3 fur doggies just see the new year as another day in their blessed and lazy doggy life.
I have not always held such high and lofty views of the New Year’s resolution. Once, when I was young and did not know any better, I completely ignored this yearly ritual.
I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions.
As far as I am concerned, a New Year’s resolution is a useless attempt to interfere with scientific laws. My best resolve is not going to change much in the long run. Besides, I can’t run that far these days. My mind is bigger than my legs.
For example. Have you ever noticed that a New Year’s resolution is stronger at its birth than any subsequent period? My best intention in January is a long faded memory by July if I’m lucky, usually by March I’m so behind the 8 ball that just looking at my resolutions ( I call mines goals, more on that later on down) I get and feel overwhelmed.
Most New Year’s resolutions are simply lame attempts to apologize for the past year and a promise of better behavior in the year ahead. People spend so much energy in the creative act of coming up with a good set of New Year’s resolutions that there is no energy left to actually keep them for more than two consecutive days.
This is why I don’t do resolutions, I do goals. I’ve learned over the years that my resolutions are all good and well meaning to help me improve upon myself, my work, family and spiritual life but as we’re all aware LIFE gets in the way and all good intentions fly out the window.
A Goal on the other hand, I see that as more of a challenge. If you’re a competitive person, than goals are more along your way of thinking.
As important as it is to make a resolution or goal, keeping it is more important. If you cannot, or will not, keep it, better not make it.
A resolution is not an opportunity to boast. But a goal can be boasted about because after all, You Accomplished What You’d Set Out To Do!
Many people at this time of the year make resolutions such as attending church more regularly, reading their Bible and praying every day, exercising daily, drinking more water, being more patient with others.
Such resolutions are music to your ears and a lift to
If everyone who made such resolutions actually kept them for an entire year, this world as a whole might just be in a better place.
So how about setting goals for our lives instead of resolutions?
Let’s make a goal to better ourselves.
I’ve listed 3 ideas for each goal to get your juices flowing.
- Read thru the Bible in 1 year
- Learn a new instrument in 6 months
- Make a list of 7-10 books that interest you and start reading
How about a goal to be healthier?
- Walk for 10-15 minutes daily
- Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables daily
- Cut back on your sugar intake and track it
And How about Learning to be Mindful?
- Read a book on mindfulness
- Take 10 minutes DAILY just for you
- Learn some breathing techniques
Maybe some people still prefer resolutions to goals, I’ve come to realize over the years that goals work better for me and being able to break them down into little chunks and planning stuff out on my calendar has helped me not only to become a better wife, mother, daughter and sister but a better person overall.
Tell me, have you made any New Year’s Resolutions or Goals? I’d love to hear what you’re hoping to accomplish in 2019.