My New Year Resolution Is???

31 Dec

Today is the last day of the year that went by; the year 2008. A good many of us are usually busy in making plans for the evening. Girls pondering over the best dress, which would agree with all the aspects of fashion, guys deciding which place would have the cheapest booze and some girls with their so called “Boyfriends” or Spouses planning a romantic dinner.


But apart from all the fun, frolic and hoopla, this is also that time of the year when everyone makes resolutions. Frankly speaking I have never actually taken the pains to make any resolutions, because of the simple reason that I’m sure of not following them ever. Sounds like I’m a lazy person, but it happens with everybody.


Some of us make serious resolutions, some just for the heck of it, and some just because everyone else seems to be making them. But one thing is common among all resolution makers on the planet: They never follow it. Some can do it for a day, some for a week and some few for a month.


The root cause of the problem is the word “Resolution”. The word itself is overbearing and intimidating, and it takes away all the enthusiasm and inspiration to do anything in the first place.

What many of us do not realize is that by giving a tag to our dreams and aspirations we are defeating the actual purpose of being successful in life. This sounds far fetched, but is true 9 out of 10 times.


Just yesterday while listening to the bickering of a RJ on a popular Radio Channel I came across this discussion that they were having with some callers, who had the time to call the radio station and take part in some useless contest. They were asking people about (No prizes for guessing) their New Year Resolutions and the most popular of all was “I will Lose weight in 2009”, “I will go to gym and be fit in 2009”


Now after making this commitment to lose weight, the person will go to the gym very regularly for say a week or at the most two weeks. But after that he will drag himself out of bed every morning only because of the fact that he had very proudly made a “New Year Resolution” list and printed it in Bold Italics and pasted it on his bedroom wall. Instead if he would have treated the going to the gym part just another aspect of his daily routine, like having a bath(Ok some people avoid this too 😉 ) or brushing his teeth it would have been much more easier to follow it.


One question that usually comes in my mind is why wait till the year ends to make changes in our lives? I think any day is good enough to start afresh, to change how you live your life to make some realistic goals.


The only thing I believe in is making one small goal everyday. It could be the smallest or most insignificant thing to anybody else but it might be important to you, and the satisfaction of achieving it is much better than making a totally unrealistic “Resolution” and following it for a week or two.


So the bottom line is don’t get bogged down by resolutions and don’t try to drastically alter you life. Take care of the small things and the big things will take care of themselves.


One Response to “My New Year Resolution Is???”

  1. successforrealpeople December 31, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    Well said. Daily goals make much more sense than once a year goals based on the New Year.

    However, there is value in setting long and short term goals for yourself. Otherwise we just float along with the tides of life, never accomplishing the things we wish for.

    Have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2009!


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