It’s no longer news that New Year resolutions don’t work. According to a research by the University of Scranton, 92% of New Year’s goals fail by January 15th.
Just yesterday, my colleague strolled down to the gym during lunch to get her adrenaline pumping. As a very athletic person, this is usually how she spends most of her lunch hours. So, being her first visit to the gym this year since the Christmas break, we were all keen to know how it went.
Particularly, I was interested because lately I’ve been researching about goal-setting and needed some kind of practical validation to my researches. Anyway, she said, “The gym was unusually packed with loads of strange faces…I reckon they are the resolution people and the funniest part is that they only last for just a month.” Like a light-bulb moment, my head went ‘hmm‘.
Do I have any problem with resolutions? Absolutely no. Do I make or have resolutions? Emphatically yes. What then is the matter? Well, I think traditionally the word ‘resolution’ has become so badly perceived especially when it is preceded by the words ‘New Year’. It has just become a fad for expressing to others that you have a bearing for the New Year, even when you don’t. You see, it is one thing to make a resolution and another thing to keep to the resolution that you made.
I’m writing this because some people are still stuck in the mud of New Year resolutions. They freak out in the bid to keep a New Year resolution and burn out of energy and excitement for the rest of the year. It takes more than saying ‘I have a New Year resolution‘ to sustain momentum and achieve results.
HOW DO YOU FOLLOW THROUGH ON RESOLUTIONS THAT YOU MAKE?
Firstly, let’s look at the meaning of the word, resolution. According to google, it is defined as, “A firm decision to do or not to do something.” It is the quality of being determined, purposeful, persistent in the choices and decisions that we make.
Secondly, I have listed below three things that I believe you need to know about following-through with resolutions that you make whether New Year or Mid Year resolution.
I strongly believe that resolutions doesn’t have to be reached or made only at the start of a New Year. In fact, you can choose to have your New Year resolutions made daily, weekly, monthly or even the popular one, yearly. It is entirely up to you. So, you don’t have to join the bandwagon of resolution people. Yours could be daily or weekly resolutions and mine could be monthly or yearly resolutions…it’s whatever works for you! It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
The striking difference between a resolution and a mere wish is found in the word ‘commitment’. Commitment distinguishes determined people from resolution people. It is what drives an individual to follow-through on goals set and decisions made. It energises you to be dogged and tenacious even when it appears like your interest or desire is waning down. Abraham Lincoln wrote, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
I’m of the opinion that purpose plays a key role in the decision to do or not to do something. What’s your purpose for heading to the gym every morning? What is your reason for signing up for an online course in baking? Do you have a clear ‘why’ for pursuing a degree in International Relations and not in Sciences. Why have you reached a conclusion to stop smoking, gambling, gossiping, cheating, or living aimlessly?
Well, it is important that you are resolute on purpose. Don’t be driven by the bandwagon mentality where you make resolutions (or New Year resolutions) only for the fun of it or to impress others. Myles Munroe once said, “Where the purpose of a thing is unknown, abuse is inevitable.”
I hope these few thoughts have inspired you and I’d like to know how useful this has been to you.