The definition of a New Year’s Resolution – per Wikipedia:
A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year’s Day and remain until fulfilled or abandoned. More socio-centric examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more economically or environmentally responsible. People may act similarly during the Christian fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. The new year resolution is one example of the rolling forecast-method of planning. According to this method, plans are established at regular short or medium-term time intervals, when only a rough long-term plan exists.
There are religious parallels to this secular tradition. For example, in Judaism’s holiest holiday, Yom Kippur, one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.
I’m pretty certain there are going to be hundreds of blog posts written about New Year’s and Resolutions. Personally, I think resolutions are silly. I only say this because I have never followed through with them in the long run and I feel that resolutions should be made more frequently – instead of once per year.
Have A Plan
Perhaps the key to a successful resolution is to put a plan in place to follow through. But also make your resolution possible. Something that you can reach for and work hard to achieve. So if you’re going to make a ‘resolution’, be sure to plan for it.
I do think it’s best to outline goals for the new year – not resolutions. Goals are great and you can write up a plan to reach each goal. You can start by writing down your professional, financial and personal goals for 2009. I’d say that’s a great start.
Establish Positive Commitments
I also think that a New Year’s resolution should be a positive commitment to give back. But, as I said – this should happen on a regular basis, not just starting on New Year’s Day.
Try and make your new year’s resolution about giving. I truly think your resolution/goal will be more meaningful and it may even make you feel good. Start by giving every month – make it a monthly commitment, and then perhaps you can break it down by week and then by day. Giving can be a number of things: you know what you need to do to give more – so let’s give more in 2009.
Take Time For Yourself
While giving more and more, be sure to not forget about you too. We all need a little TLC from time to time – and sometimes it’s easy to forget about yourself when you’re all caught up in helping/giving to others. So be sure to ‘give’ to yourself too… you are your best investment!
Take Action – Starting Now
Right now is the time to outline what your intentions are for 2009. I would love to hear from you. What are your 2009 Resolutions, Goals, Commitments? How are you going to follow through? Do you have a plan? I will share with you my strategy for 2009, but first I want to hear from you! So feel free to comment!