When the clock strikes midnight and the confetti begins to fall in the air, a familiar sound echoes through the air, “New Year’s Resolutions.” The allure of self-improvement and new beginnings takes hold as the calendar moves to 2024. In the midst of gym memberships and detox programs, it’s important to think about the following: Are these resolutions just fleeting promises? Will they go to the graveyard with forgotten goals or can be transformed into valuable guidelines for personal development.
Why do resolutions often fail?
The statistics paint a grim picture. According to research, 80% of all resolutions fail within the first 3 months. Why? We often fall victim to the seductive lure of quick fixes or grandiose pronouncements. We declare war on negative behaviors, and set targets that are unrealistic and with no clear method of how to implement them. Failure is inevitable, which leads to disappointment and discouragement, bringing us back to our old methods, frustrated and defeated.
Reframing Your Resolution: Moving away from Gimmicks and Growth Mindset
Instead of examining resolutions in a rigid way instead, let’s look at them as a tool for intentional growth. It’s crucial to shift our focus away from the final outcome and focus on the process. Instead of striving for the perfect body, concentrate on developing healthy habits for eating and working out regularly. Instead of committing to learning a new tongue overnight you should commit to regular practice and be grateful for every little victory you make throughout the process.
From aspiration to actions: Weaving meaningful resolutions
Making powerful resolutions requires a touch of introspection and some pragmaticity. These are some suggestions to help you on your journey.
- Determine the Core Values of your life: what is important to you? Are you motivated by health, creativity and personal growth, or do you feel motivated by the connection? Bringing your resolutions to your core values will give you a a new sense of purpose.
- Set SMART goals: Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time-bound. This framework offers a path for your resolutions that keep them in reality and increasing your odds of success.
- Take advantage of the power of Small Steps: Don’t try to transform your life overnight. Begin by taking small, manageable steps you are able to build upon. Celebrate every milestone, even if it seems to be insignificant.
- Accept Flexibility and Iteration. Life can throw curveballs. Be flexible and willing to change your resolutions when necessary. Don’t hesitate to give up goals that seem too overwhelming or doesn’t align with your values.
Beyond the Individual: Resolutions With Ripple-Effects
Our resolutions do not have to affect our own lives. Let’s take this opportunity to spread positive ripples across the world. You might consider volunteering in your community, or donating to a cause you care about or even committing to acts of kindness and compassion in the daily interactions you engage with. Be aware that even the smallest of actions could have a significant influence on those who are around you.
Resolutions Seeds of Change
With a growth-mindset and a desire to change the way you think about things, resolutions for the new year can be powerful instruments for positive change. By prioritizing and accepting your values by focusing on smaller achievable goals and being flexible, you will be able to change your resolutions for 2019 into seeds that can grow into a meaningful and fulfilling 2024. So, let’s put aside the tricks, take on the journey, and craft resolutions that will leave an lasting impression, not only for ourselves, but the world around us. Happy New Year! And happy growing in a way that is intentional.