How soon is it before you have broken them?
By Valentine’s Day most of us have returned to our old, miserable selves. Many people have given up the idea of New Year’s resolutions because they seem impossible to keep anyway.
New Year’s resolutions are disempowering because they cause you to focus on fixing what’s wrong with you. You take an inventory of yourself and decide that you are overweight, drink too much, spend too much money, have a bad temper. You then resolve to transform yourself into a more perfect person by making a promise called a resolution.
Then you quickly break that promise and reinforce your idea that you are flawed. Not only are you overweight, you can’t even fix it. How destructive.
Here’s a much better way to tackle New Year’s resolutions. Although we can all stand some tweaking, for the most part, we are great people.
Why not focus on what makes us great, what we do correctly and resolve to do more of that?
By resolving to continue to increase our good habits, we actually diminish the amount of time and energy we have to spend on those destructive habits. Better yet, we will be able to keep our resolutions throughout the year.
Here are some of my resolutions for next year:
- I am going to continue to eat healthy in 2012.
- I am going to continue to share positive messages every chance I get.
- I am going to continue to seek new knowledge and understanding of the people around me and all over the world.
- I am going to continue to teach people how to succeed in life.
- I am going to continue to laugh at least 12 times per day.
- I am going to continue to expect a great day.
- I am going to continue to treat myself well.
- 3 secrets to keeping New Year’s resolutions (cbsnews.com)
- How to make New Year Resolutions that actually work (dailyconversationswithdad.com)
- Start the Resolutions Without Me (cre8tivegang.wordpress.com)
What resolutions will you make this year? I’d love to hear them.