Given that very few New Years resolutions are kept, is it important to continue to make resolutions?
Even though New Years resolutions are rarely kept past January 3rd, I really believe it is important to go through the process of making resolutions. If properly thought through, the process allows us to critically reflect on the things we feel poorly about and the things we would like to change. It is important to 1. make realistic resolutions, 2. make specific resolutions, 3. make very few resolutions.
Be easy on yourself. If you manage to stick to your resolution then perhaps you can make another Easter resolution.
It's still important. Even if you don't end with the result you hoped for, it's still worth trying for self improvement, everyone has room for that. And, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction so it could happen, I mean you just might succeed one time. The boost in self esteem and vigor for life is priceless and worth all the years of failed resolutions.
Edited to add: I answered this as someone who makes a resolution diligently every year, and have only once succeeded. I made my goals too high, I wanted it all now, hahaha. Now I make reachable ones and I might make it again.
I would suggest that making a resolution knowing you wont keep it is futile, but also making a resolution that you really want to keep but is unrealistic is also harmful.
At the beginning of each year I sit and write around 20 goals that I want to achieve that year, they are all realistic and some are very stretching, but I give my self a whole year to achieve them, this means that I am not making a very wooly resolution to "get fit" but a clearer goal to "get fitter" by setting a target of being able to run 5 miles in one go this year.
This goal has clarity, is achievable, but also doesn't mean I will disappoint myself by saying I will run every day, then on Jan 3rd not feeling like it and then chastising myself for breaking my resolution.
Resolutions are good, but only in the form of well formed goals!
by ross670daw 11 years ago
Have you fulfilled your new years resolutions, do you remember what they were?We make em, but we don't often follow through with em. Care to share your thoughts on why we don't / or do, if you've fulfilled yours. Mine was to stop smoking, it still is.
by Chelsea Carter-Kern 11 years ago
Tell me your new years resolutions!
by Rachel Woodruff 11 years ago
Did you come up with any New Years Resolutions? If so what are they, and have you had luck in...the past with your resolutions?
by Sherry Hewins 4 years ago
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by SEXYLADYDEE 9 years ago
Since New Years Resolutions are rarely maintained how do you inspire yourself to achieve goals?I have bucket list goals, life goals, parenting goals, crafting goals and more. My journal is the place to keep them listed and chart my progress. Why do we have trouble keeping on track when we set goals...
by TravelMonkey 13 years ago
Mine are quite typical, eat more healthy, play more football and get a promotion.
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