“I will volunteer more often.” “I will buy fewer pairs of shoes”. “I will eat less ice cream.” “I will exercise more.” Sound familiar? It’s the ghost of New Year’s Resolutions’ past coming back to haunt you; a reminder of the goals that weren’t met and the accomplishments only partially achieved. It’s trying to poke holes in your sense of self-esteem. Bah, humbug!
Hands up if you usually make a New Year’s resolution.
Now, hands up if you’re typically successful at keeping that resolution.
Odds are there were a lot fewer hands in the air that second time. Despite the best intentions, it’s difficult to keep resolutions.
Why not try something new this year? Rather than setting a goal that’s unlikely to be met, try reflecting on some of the positive changes that have already been successfully implemented into your life.
Acknowledge these successes and how they have helped shape who you are. Celebrate the small (or big) things done each day that enhance your relationships with others, the things done to bring you joy, and the ways you contribute to improving the community, whether at home, work or globally. Likely most of these accomplishments didn’t require an arbitrary day on the calendar to inspire you.
If the need is still there to make a resolution, resolve to do more of the good things you already do. That’s a resolution you may find easier to keep!