2014 is here! It’s time for a new year and a new beginning. To start the year off on the right foot, why not make a New Year’s resolution?
A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment a person makes to achieve some of their personal and professional goals. New Year’s resolutions are made for the New Year, which indicates new beginnings. The idea is to keep the promise for the whole year. This tradition is widely celebrated throughout the world.
Here are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, according to Wikipedia:
- Improve well-being: lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, stop smoking
- Improve finances: get out of debt, save money
- Improve career: get a better job
- Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often
- Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be more patient, manage time
- Spend more time with family and friends
If you need help making your own New Year’s resolutions there is a website that will give you ideas. Check it out at http://moninavelarde.com/newyears/.
I have decided to make one New Year’s resolution. This resolution is to find balance. In this day and age, stress has become a major factor which contributes to many mental and physical issues. Whether its work, personal problems or obligations to others, we find there is not enough time for ourselves. So in 2014 I am going to make an effort to make time to relax and keep healthy and happy. One way I plan to achieve my goal is to focus more on yoga. It’s physically and mentally challenging and it has taught me how to breathe and clear my mind, so I can rid myself of stress. So I plan to make it part of my schedule and practice at least three times a week. No matter how busy I am or what excuses I may find, I must make it part of my routine, in order to keep my commitment. Hopefully by sharing my resolution it will help you to think of your own.
I am the first to admit that it’s difficult keeping resolutions throughout the year. So I have some advice that might help you from breaking your commitments.
- Make them realistic: I would love to win the lottery or travel the world; however I don’t see myself realistically accomplishing these things this year. So when you are making your resolutions, make sure you are giving yourself realistic expectations.
- Make them specific and measurable: you need guidelines to help you understand your goals and achieve them. The more specific, the better. For example: if your resolution is to lose weight, than be specific and say “I want to lose 5 pounds or 1 dress size”. Equally important is making your resolutions measurable. Think of something you can track, such as the number of minutes you exercise each day or the grade improvements on your assignments in school. You will want a record of your improvement.
- Write them down: it’s easy to forget your resolutions, so if you write them somewhere you know you will look constantly, you are more likely to keep them.
- Tell friends and family your resolutions: having a support system motivates you to keep your promises. Sometimes life gets busy and we can’t be bothered to maintain our goals, but if your friends and family remind you of the commitments you made, you might think twice about breaking your resolutions
- Reward yourself: sometimes we are more likely to accomplish our goals if we have incentives. Make a plan that once you complete your resolutions, you will reward yourself with something great. For example, treat yourself to a day at the spa or buy yourself something nice.
Happy New Years and I wish you all the happiness and health for 2014!