New Year’s is full of exciting, new opportunities for many people. It is a fresh start; like a freshly painted wall waiting for pictures and decorations.
I love the invigoration and re-commitment when the new year comes around. Many people are re-energized to live the next year to their fullest abilities.
Resolutions are Meant to be Broken
With all of this new energy comes the temptation to make resolutions. Resolutions are meant to be broken goals are meant to achieve.
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Resolutions are meant to be broken. Why? Because they are firm, rigid, unyielding, and often unrealistic promises to ourselves. Resolutions allow no grace or wiggle room. Slip once and the resolution is broken; meaning, you failed. “I will NEVER eat chocolate again!” “I will go to the gym EVERY DAY this year.” These types of promises are sure to sink anyone’s self-esteem.
Resolutions are a path to failure. It is a narrow, one-way road that does not allow for the human failings inevitable in living a full, rich life.
Goals are Meant to Achieve
Goals, however, are meant to achieve. Goals are built upon stepping-stones of achievement. They allow for life to interfere, fragility of the human condition, and goals forgive slip ups.
Make Goals not Resolutions
Rather than making resolutions or promises you know you cannot (or want to) keep; write a list of goals for yourself. Make them large, small, silly, serious, or whatever suits you.
What is on your list of goals for 2015?