Do not allow people to shame you into NOT setting new year’s resolutions for yourself this year.
I think it’s a great tradition to sit down at the beginning of a new year with renewed excitement for recreating yourself.
Self & professional development is an on-going process.
This does not mean that you cannot capitalise on the natural energy that is created by the transition to a new year.
So, go ahead and set your new year’s resolutions.
Make them bold, powerful, and laced with greatness.
Just keep these five things in mind:
1. Intention vs commitment: We have become cynical of new year’s resolutions because of exactly this. People have intention but no commitment. All that matters is what you do. So, how will you create more commitment towards the wonderful things that you want to achieve? The best way in my opinion is to find someone who will hold you accountable.
2. Fast vs slow: The excitement of the new year can get the better of you. In this hurried state to recreate yourself you might want to tackle multiple areas of your life. Do not do this. Long lists are for grocery shopping. Take the time to think through the things that are important to you and make sure that your resolutions are focused on the top 2 or 3.
3. Boring vs Exciting: Your resolutions are exciting but the execution of it might not be. Take this into account during the setting phase. Are you ok with the mundane tasks that accompany your exciting resolution? Many aren’t. Again, accountability helps. (Bonus points if you can somehow find the excitement/gratitude in the mundane.)
4. Tiny: Small action is your friend. It keeps you consistent. Consistency wins.
5. Win: Play to win. To fail along the way is acceptable. To learn along the way is important. But play to win. Too many of us do not go for the win because of potential failure or to save face. Don’t doubt yourself. Play to win.
I hope that you will set new year’s resolutions.
More importantly, I hope you will act on them with tenacity, boldness, and perseverance.
Acta Non Verba,