Over the past several days, I have been observing the reactions toward the common practice of making New Year’s Resolutions. Some people say they make them, some people say they don’t. From my observances, I have concluded that there are two reasons people give for NOT making resolutions:
- People end up breaking the resolutions they make.
- People should be making “changes” (or improvements) in their lives throughout the year and therefore should not wait until the New Year for an excuse to make a change.
I think both of these reasons are ridiculous.
Change is one of the only things that is pretty constant in life. I have found from my own personal experiences that using a holiday, such as New Years (personally my favorite is Easter) to confirm change in one’s life is a good way to get motivated to do something different. At least now the goal is put out in the universe, and God (or whoever you pray to) knows you are taking one step further toward that goal, and perhaps He will take one step further toward you. Perhaps you will meet in the middle, perhaps you will have trouble making it…or perhaps you would have never made the “resolution” at all, and then what?
I think that’s the problem. Let’s not call them “resolutions”. Let’s call them life goals. And what better time to set life goals than at the beginning of the year. Organizations set goals at a certain point in the year, so why can’t we set goals for ourselves on January 1? And make them measurable. That way, when you re-evaluate your goals in 6 months (because isn’t that the way your employer does your performance review?), you will know if it’s working or if it’s not.
So what if you don’t accomplish your goal. As long as you’re breathing, you have time to get it done.