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New years resolutions - Looking back at last years resolutions

Updated on January 2, 2012

Making a new year's resolution

Making new year’s resolutions is easy, making resolutions and forgetting them is easier still, here is some help for you to ensure that you make your goals achievable. If you have failed with some of your goals for last year don’t give up yet, review them, they could become the solid starting point for resolutions and goal settings for this year. Your failing could be your stepping stones to success, they show you why and how you failed. There is nothing wrong with failing as long as you don’t give up and run away. Setting goals and making resolutions give direction and a destination to your life . So go on, give your life a specific direction.

Looking back at the year gone by

It is such a wonderful thing to look back at your day or the year at the end of it. This fills you with so much satisfaction and leaves a pleasant fragrance of gratitude in your mind. Looking back, I can see that this year has been the most wonderful for me. Every dream of mine has become real and every wish true and it fills my heart with gratitude. I set out to write online, hoping to spend my time doing something worthwhile. I wasn't thinking about earning online, but I have made a fairly good amount regularly each month, but what brings me satisfaction is the fact that I have not only reached out to people, made friends and also discovered my potentials and talents and learnt many skills in the process. At the end of the day success or failure should be measured from how much you have learned from each of your experiences. I may have not achieved my some of my goals, I may have to consider some projects as failures, but I have made sure to analyse and figure out for myself why I have failed and learned from my mistakes.

Evaluate your resolutions based on your priorities

My priority has been my family, and when I look back and evaluate my goals that are connected with my family I am filled with gratitude. My family has been my greatest support and strength, I am just thankful as I sit back to check my lists and see my cup runneth over.. goodness and mercy has followed me all the days of my life and this year has been a year of blessings. A year full of joy, pain, disappointments and fulfillment, rounded in every way, a year of complete satisfaction. My failings have been my lessons, not to get into anything I am not yet prepared to get into. They have taught me to not to be hasty and pressured into anything, even if I want it bad, when I am not mentally or physically prepared for such things. My time belongs to my family, as it is what provides me with the greatest sense of happiness and love. Most of us make decisions to spend time with our families, but get caught up with so many other issues that we lose track of it. It would be wonderful to set reminders to yourself about how much your need your family and how much your family needs you.

Attitude is everything. In terms of attitude, I know I have come a long way. I have been working hard at staying happy at all costs, being kind and being in control over my emotions and keeping my poise most of the time. There have been times when I have slipped, but I am willing to forgive myself, I have slipped only when I have been driven beyond the limits and yet had the grace to say sorry for my behaviour. Somehow, it is my attitude is what makes me a better person, not only for the outsider, but a better person to live with inside too. I do not feel the twinges of conscience that keeps telling me that I need to have behaved better. I am one for self-improvement and I never feel satisfied with what I have, but I can live comfortable with me, that is what I am saying. Attitude is really everything, I may be the best in my field and yet a poor attitude and uncontrolled speech, anger would make me the worst there is. I will continue working on my attitude, there is no end to self-improvement.

Finance is another areas where most resolutions rest. Though this is not too high on my list of resolutions there is one thing I would like to do. I am sure that most of you would like to do it too. Make the best use of your resources. Control impulsive spending, plan to live within your means and save for another day. I am pretty careful when it comes to finances, I hate to have outstanding debts, I do not like being indebted to any person or organization and thus plan and save diligently. This being one of my strengths, I would like to learn more in this area and find ways of making money stretch a bit more than it usually does. I hate being stingy, but I do often become too generous, that it may be called wasteful, this is something I would like to work on.

Value each moment. Focus on the right things. My pain has taught me once again life is precious and every moment specially so. My gain from it all, has been that I am stronger that all the pain put together. I am mentally stronger and physical pain has no hold over me. I am only as strong as I my mind is. If I let myself go, I am in for trouble and a pity party is never too good. I do not indulge in pity parties..but I need to keep a hold over myself not to get into any, it isn’t easy, I can tell you that. Cherish every moment, live life to the full and with no regrets.

Loss is something I came so near to, once again. The moment strongly reinforced my belief that life is precious is not to be taken for granted. Whether it is your your loved ones or pets, life is precious. When threatened with death and end, in those few minutes you learn to value life like you never did before. My pet almost died a month ago and having her alive and happy once again, we have learned to value every minute we have with each other. The love and the happiness she brings to us is too invaluable to be taken for granted. I am glad for this lesson which in the last couple of months has changed my perception of life. I am just glad to be alive and see another day. I rejoice everyday over this frail yet beautiful nature of our lives. Live every moment of your life to the fullest.

People and relationships have always come first on my list, and I have learned to value and maintain relationships even at a high cost. I have realized that sometimes perceptions differ and letting go, is the way to live. Having lost two friends this year, has made me feel that I need to work even harder at relationships. It is unfortunate that when you have a friend or are in a relationship, you just think that the relationship will take care of itself, it takes a little more of your time and energy to maintain relationship. I miss my friend and neighbour more, now that she is not around and feel that I could have done more for her, before she went away to another country. Life is short and it is people and memories that are going to stay with us, not our achievements and possessions. Values are what we need to latch on to, to make our lives more meaningful.

Health is one area that I am often guilty about. I personally have taken too much for granted, the fact that I am in good health and able to do what I want, has come at a cost. We do tend to forget this, when our health is good and our days flow on smoothly. Sadly, this is the case with most people, we take our health for granted until we are down and out. While I went trekking these holidays, I found that climbing and walking up and down steep slopes were rather tiresome and I was out of breath more often than not. I am ashamed that as an athlete cross-country races, would occupy our Saturday morning training schedules, after which we would enjoy a huge but healthy breakfast. Now the cakes and pies are showing up and lack of muscle tone is the reward for not hitting the elliptical machine more often, or not talking that walk we promised ourselves at the beginning of the year. Physical exercise and activity should be our priority, if we want to live life well. It should not only be about losing weight, but physical fitness and about a lifestyle which keeps you in the best of health always. I need to be more health conscious, not only about eating natural and healthy food, but also about exercise and healthy living.

Online writing has made me more lazy when it comes to exercise and my preoccupation with the virtual world has made me lose sight of the real world I live in, a few times this year. Achieving a work life balance is of utmost importance and I plan to keep it that way this coming year.

Looking back it has been a wonderful year, one to be grateful for. I am just happy to count my blessings and not make much of my disappointments. I am sure that the best is yet to come and I look forward to the very best with great anticipation in the coming year. I have set my goals and evaluated myself against them last year, and this makes it easy to make new years resolutions that are measurable this year. This is what make life better and better each day, giving us something to look forward to achieve and evaluate ourselves upon. Go ahead and make 2012 the year that you really look forward to.


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    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Wow! I am glad to see you again jpmc, I am glad to hear that life has been treating you well. The best thing about the unknown is that it is full promises.. and has great things in store... for the those who are positive all things work together for their good ( sorry to misquote)

      Best Wishes to you and yours and I trust that this year will be more blessed, so you could be a greater blessing to those around you! God bless!! Have a wonderful day!!

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      JP Carlos 

      7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello Sofs. I received a lot of blessings last year and I hope I can be a blessing to others this year. I had my first baby and that is truly life changing. Although every step is a step into the unknown, it's one journey I'm looking forward to make. Thanks for the hub, it really puts things into perspective.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Moviemaster, getting your balance right is such an important element of good living. Thanks for the bookmark and please do visit when ever you wish... I am only too glad.. :) Have a wonderful day !! God Bless!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks Denise for voting it up and for your good wishes. May God bless you abundantly in all you do and may this be a year of blessings for you in every way. Have a lovely day !!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks Rosemay, for endorsing this hub. True commitment to yourself is most important. I am glad that you have highlighted those points. Thanks for the comment, have a wonderful day!!

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi sofs you certainly got me thinking, reading your words, I could relate to so much - I think a lot of it is about getting the balance right with everything.

      Great tips, I have bookmarked to read again.

      Voting up and thank you for sharing an awesome hub.

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Voted up for this awesome and useful resolution guide, Sofs. May your blessings multiply throughout the year.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Dear Teaches12345, glad you agree with my priorities. Family has always come first for me, my family is my source of strength and love. And the exercise... well that is my weakness.. I really need a buddy to pair up with and get into some serious fitness mode :)

      Thanks for the visit and the comment. Best wishes to you for a wonderful and blessed year ahead. God Bless!!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Ruby, haha ...the exercise bit... there ever elusive part of our resolutions... at least for me.. Ruby I have decided that unless I hit the elliptical machine I will not open my laptop... I hope to stick to it just for my sake... I wish you all success in 2012, may it be a year of blessings in every way.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A well written hub that covers so much. It is essential to be committed when one makes a resolution so it has to be realistic. You are making a promise to yourself and so you need to believe in yourself to make keeping them possible.

      Putting your family first and living each moment to the full is important for happiness.

      Good job and voting up

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi Tim, this was a hub that started of as a personal private reflection, but I decided to make it a little less personal and more share worthy. You are right about being realistic and being committed to make resolutions work. I hope this year will see us closer to our goals than last year. Best wishes to you and thanks for the comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      It's good to hear someone put their family first. Your positive outlook is inspiring. Have to agree that exercise is a challenge but one that pays off eventually. Good hub!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can relate Sophie, esp. about the exercising. Since i started writing i've let my daily treadmill walk slip..I intend to correct that. I enjoyed your article. Great tips..Thank you..

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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Hi sofs. You've hit the nail on the head, once again. The trouble most people have with resolutions is either they aren't being realistic, or they aren't sufficiently committed to staying with those resolutions. You need both. Nicely written.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hi sweetheart, you are back I can see... and with a bang. Hope you've had an enjoyable time at Christmas and best wishes for a blessed and happy new year. Thanks for letting me know that you have been inspired to make some resolutions.. Make them girl and I will cheer lead you all the way :) love


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      7 years ago

      Hmmm...You have definitely put thoughts in my head. Though I am never one to make new year or midyear resolutions-as i rarely keep them, I am so inspired reading yours and how well you keep them. Best wishes for this years' to you and for my own trial versions.


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