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New Year Resolution or Revolution?

Updated on December 24, 2012
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Bronwen was a teacher for over forty years. Degrees include School Librarianship, Psycholinguistics and Theology, and Applied Linguistics.

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Setting Goals

It's upon us, or almost - the New Year! Most people seem to at least make a pretence of setting a goal of some sort for the New Year. The problem is: will it be a half-hearted response, as sometimes happens in Lent, "I'll give up chocolate, but I know my decision won't last beyond the first time I'm offered something luscious." I'm sure that wouldn't ever happen in your house!

It could be a real resolution to take on something new, but perhaps that is too ambitious and I find I can't persevere with it after the first few days. Or will it be a New Year's 'Revolution', where I take on something really new for me, something that I can cope with and that I am determined to carry out?

If we're really going to get there, we need to set ourselves goals that are realistic. I need to ask myself, "If I take this on board, can I truly do it and continue to do it? Will I still be as enthusiastic next December? Is it really what I wish to do, in my heart of hearts?"

In some languages, the word for wish is the same as the word for prayer. That thought brings me up with a jolt. Am I making this decision on my own, or, as I'm a Christian, am I remembering to pray about it before I decide; am I asking for the Holy Spirit's guidance? If my bright, new decision is not within God's will for me, it's not likely to be very effective.

Achieving Goals

Taking on something new means finding the time to carry it out - especially if it involves writing, which can be very time-consuming. How am I going to achieve that goal?

  1. Decide how I will allot my time.
  2. Look up other articles to find useful tips that might help me to reach my goals.
  3. Make a list of the things I need to do to achieve my goals.
  4. Construct a timetable on my computer, print it off and stick it up in a prominent place.
  5. Be strong-minded enough to stick to it.
  6. Remember to factor in time for relaxation and entertainment; balance is important.

English Conversation Classes are Fun!
English Conversation Classes are Fun!

Making Choices

I don't know about you, but I've already received letters at Christmas, inviting me to join a couple of interesting clubs, to join the Sunday School teaching team at Church, to join a group to help newcomers to our country to learn English.

These things are all worthy and could be very fulfilling. I have the knowledge and skills for the latter, the clubs sound like fun. But I'm retired and I like to go away and catch up with relatives and friends sometimes - and - never let it be said! - I am growing older. If I am realistic, I don't have the energy I once had. To decide on only aiming for the right goals for me will mean saying no to some things, and I find this difficult.

Commitment is important

The word, 'commitment' is not a very popular one these days, but I believe that if I take on something I should stick to it. I will have to refuse some of those enticing invitations, make a list of what is feasible and go back to my check-list to see if what is left will not be too much. Hopefully, when it comes to next New Year's Eve I will be able to look back, evaluate my performance and say, "With God's help, I did it!"

Such is life! I hope that you can set yourself good, practical goals and that you are successful in achieving them in this coming year.


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      BeyondMax: Yes, it's freezing down here in Melbourne, too. Perhaps Christmas in August?? It's colder here than it was in July but the daffodils and lots of blossom trees are out and the violets are just gorgeous. I'm revelling in it all - well rugged up, of course.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh, such a motivation hub, Blossom! =) I keep going through the 'winter' hubs, must be the weather rubbing off on me =) It's freezing in Syd, thankfully no rain for this week (yet?) but I'm seriously thinking of Christmas in July like right about now =)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      ken blair: That is true, which means that when we set ourselves goals they should be ones that we know are achievable. Thank you for visiting.

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      ken blair 5 years ago

      The choice is ours and it will always be up to us if we want to reach our goals or not. I personally don't set it I just do it so there would be no pressure at all :) Great hub here.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I guess, silly newbie that I was, I commented on my own hub, instead of replying. Live and learn!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sorry I've taken so long to respond to this, I don't know now I missed it. Now we're really into the year, I love your comments and pray each day that I will do just what He wants me to do this day.

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      BlossomSB 6 years ago

      That's part of being a Christian on the journey, isn't it? We encourage and 'build each other up' in the way that we should go. Thank you for your comments.

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      Annette R. Smith 6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Although I don't call them resolutions, I've set a number of personal and professional goals that I want to accomplish in 2012. Like you, I hope to look back at the year's end and say, "With the Lord's help, I did it!" Thank you for the motivation!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      formosangirl: What a great idea to make the goals as a family. The difficulty is in making them so they are attainable and we remain committed.

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      formosangirl 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      New Year's goals are so important to me, and our family will take a couple of days to put our goals together. Interesting hub.