The New year is a perfect time to reflect, upon one’s life; past, present, the near and distant future. It’s equally a time to make resolutions, upon which our model lives sit. If you are into the habit of making new year resolutions, here are a few ways to help you come up with reasonable, achievable and realistic resolutions.
1. Understand what a resolution really is.
We all must agree it’s pretty difficult to do something you don’t even know or understand, so before you start claiming to have a new year resolution, lets get to the bottom of ‘what is a resolution?’ The word resolution is derived from resolve, re + solve. Re means again, therefore resolution means to solve something again.
New year resolutions are about trying to solve those problems that make your life worse, its about planning ahead, its about building a fun filed worthwhile livable life.
2. Clear your mind
When going for the sacrament of penance, catholics are advised to meditate, to think about their sins, to be refreshed and to be honest to themselves. When making new year resolutions, this is the same procedure one should follow, clear your mind, be honest to yourself, be organised before you start and set your mind to change. Basically, before writing your resolutions, take an hour of meditation and clear your mind. This is your life, but this world is not your home.
3. Start small and with something easy.
“Start with something so easy, you can’t say no to it”- ! Leo Babauta
We, humans often want to start big, we don’t want small winnings, we often look at the outcome more than we look at the process. And we do it all wrong, this happens always but we can change this.
We should start small, with something easy its impossible to say no to it, that way, we have kick started our resolutions. It doesn’t hurt if someone starts with something that only lasts a few hours. Progress might be small, but it’s progress nonetheless.
“We often think that if you start with something so small, it won’t make a difference. But the truth is, because that momentum builds after you get going, you can often start with something really tiny, and it will blossom into something much bigger,” says writer and author James Clear.
4. Be realistic
We have many dreams, these are good for growth and they are healthy but we have to tone it down a little. In 2015, let’s get realistic and true to ourselves, let’s set goals that are achievable, let’s set goals that don’t make us lose that motivation that got us started in the first place. Let’s set goals that don’t make us slaves to life. It’s okay to have hope, but we should put in mind that we are supposed to live within our means. In simple terms, don’t bite off more than you can chew.
That said, I believe we all can now get that notebook or paper and that pen ready for the year’s write.
Think about it exactly not vaguely, remember you can’t flip a switch and become a new person, it’s a process.