Did I ever make one? If yes, did I keep it and for how long?
What is a new years resolution :
A New Year resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to one or more lasting personal goals, projects, or the reforming of ahabit. According to Gretchen Rubin (author of best-seller “The Happiness Project”): “You hit a goal, you achieve a goal. You keep a resolution”.
This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous. A New Years Resolution is generally a goal someone sets out to accomplish in the coming year. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become moreenvironmentally responsible. A key element to a New Years Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year, and new beginnings.
There are religious parallels to this secular tradition. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People may act similarly during the Christian fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.
I started searching the net for new years resolution and found this worksheet A quick, step-by-step guide to putting together realistic, achievable, and meaningful resolutions for the coming year. Divided into three sections:
Inventory, Resolutions, and Steps
Is that going to help me to keep my resolution better? I don’t know. I think I do better if I have someone who asks me how I am doing and am I taking the right steps to reach my goal.
First I have to brainstorm to see what my new years resolution will be. I know it will not be loosing weight or eating better. Those things I will work on all the time.
I think this year I have to concentrate more on my relationships with others and also my relationship with myself.
Than I have to think about how I will achieve those goals. Where do I want to be in a year from now? How will I keep track of my learning and changing? Do I reward myself if I reached a certain step and with what?
The big question is ” how do I keep myself motivated and don’t fall back into my old patterns?”
I still have a few days to think about all this and get it all in writing. Hang it up on the wall, for me to see every day. Maybe find some quotes that get me going or find a song that will set my wheels in motion.
Do you set a new years resolution? Do you have troubles to keep it, what do you do to keep on track?