If you’ve been reading my posts over the last couple of years, you’ll know I never set New Year’s Resolutions.
At least, not on 1st January.
Because I don’t need to wait for this particular day to make a committed decision and get into focused action. I can do that any day I choose. And so, I spend the first day of the calendar year not making resolutions. In celebration of that fact.
And here’s the other important reason I don’t set New Year’s resolutions. I don’t want to kick-off my year making vague and empty promises I know I won’t keep, about things I don’t really care about.
That’s not going to move me forward. And actually, it’s going to get in my way, distracting my energy and focus from the changes I’m truly intent on making.
And perhaps you’re going to challenge my definition as a contrived example to prove a point.
But isn’t that exactly what my resolutions are: empty promises I don’t care about? And isn’t it true that if I were actually serious about a change, I’d keep it out of my resolutions and instead, encapsulate it in a committed and well-formed goal?
The New Year comes with usefully motivating ceremony. So don’t waste that on a “resolution”. Use it to set a real goal. Something you actually want to achieve and that will make a lasting difference to you and your life. And then make a committed decision.
Start the year as you mean to go on: with commitment and intention.
Happy New Year.