The setting of New Year’s resolutions is a well known tradition, and I’d hazard a guess that you’ve succumbed to this tradition one or more times in your life. If we look at your resolutions, they probably, represented your goals for the year ahead and in theory should have provided you with great direction and focus.
However, if we fast forward to the end of the year, the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions set around the world were forgotten just as quickly as they were set. While this may not be true for you, it is true for most. If we reflect on the period preceding the setting of New Year’s resolutions, it is apparent why this is the case.
The “silly season” as it is commonly referred to starts around mid-November and ends after New Year ’s Day spanning on average 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, stress levels are at an all-time high after a demanding year in the workplace. People are tired and eager to have a break from it all. There is a general feeling of exhaustion, but the much needed rest and relaxation can only come after experiencing full car parks, busy roads, endless queues and manic Christmas Shopping. Fortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel arrives soon enough and the festivities, family, fun and food, food, food begins.
All good things come to an end, and New Year ’s Day is almost a crossing over from the fun and festivities of the prolonged “silly season” into the reality of the new year. The rat race will soon begin and the thoughts of getting kids ready for school and getting yourself ready for work soon set in. Having to say goodbye to the fun times and family gatherings, the great food and fabulous festivities is somewhat depressing. Already feeling exhausted and slightly anxious, the cherry on the top arrives when you try slipping into your favorite pair of pants only to find that it goes half way up and stops.
With this perspective, it’s easy to see why most New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the other!
The tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions should, however, not be undermined. In fact it holds the potential to unlocking the magic and brilliance of your desired life. And one small adjustment in thinking could take you from setting New Year’s resolutions to setting New Year’s resolutions that could change your life.
Wouldn’t it be great if your New Year’s resolutions could serve you and take you closer to achieving your massive, inspiring dreams? How would you like to leap into your power and make this the first day of your new year? The new year in which you kick-start your passion and set the stage for your best life ever.
There is nothing stopping you from declaring today your New Year’s day. Not the first day of a new calendar year, but the first day of your new life. And if today is your New Year’s day, then take the time to re-visit your resolutions or start with a blank sheet of paper and contemplate your destiny.
If this were the first day of your best year ever, what would that year look like? Think about all areas of your life. What happens in your career? Where would you be in your relationships with family/friends/loved ones? What will you achieve in education and personal development? What is the ideal state in terms of your financial status? Is there a well-deserved vacation on the horizon? Where would you go? Think about every area of your magnificent life and have fun; use your imagination and creativity to design your ideal year. Get really clear on what this magnificent year would look like. This clarity will energize and excite you and drive you toward achieving your dreams and visions.
Once you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, write these down and choose the top 3 to 5 goals or dreams that you would like to start working toward. Pledge to spend a few minutes every day in pursuit of these dreams.
To assist you in this pursuit and increase your chances of success, you could use a process such as the TPA Goal Achievement Program, which is a program designed to take your dreams from fleeting thoughts to tangible reality. The TPA Goal Achievement Program has three parts (Think – Plan – Act) that provide much needed structure to goal achievement. Using a process such as this gives you a better chance of achieving your resolutions and not just letting them go in one year and out the other. You can read more about the TPA Goal Achievement Program at this link.
Your New Year starts the day you declare it; make the declaration soon and decide to create your best year ever!
Happy New Year friends! I wish you all of the very best in achieving your major goals, unlocking your Greatness and, in the process, living your best life.