It is that time of year again to make New Year’s resolutions. Are you dreading the inevitable moment when someone asks you about your New Year’s resolutions? Do you feel like you’re perfect when faced with the moment of making your resolution or are you jumping for joy at the opportunity to start fresh.
Well…whether you’ve felt like your life is perfect or are chomping at the bit for a new start there is something irresistible about the first day of the New Year — something that propels us to think about new beginnings and opportunities. It is time to reflect on the year gone by, sometimes with joy at all we accomplished and sometimes with regret for the things that we might have done.
New Years’ resolutions have been around since the times of the Babylonians. They would promise the Gods at the beginning of each year to return borrowed items or pay their debts. In North America, New Years’ resolutions have changed drastically over the years, from a promise to do acts of self-improvement to an obsession with weight loss and working out in the 21st century. Experts tell us these types of goals are doomed for failure because they are unrealistic.
For me, making my New Year’s resolution is an exciting time. First I make a list of the things I am grateful for, such as my family, my health and my job. Next, I list just a couple of things in my life that I have always wanted to do that will enhance and not take away from those things on my grateful list. I consider this a time and an opportunity to challenge myself with something that is fun and educational, while enhancing my life and the life of those around me.
Making a resolution and holding yourself accountable takes grit but looking back at the things you’ve accomplished provides an immense sense of accomplishment.
Written by Joan Niemeier