DON'T SET NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS - TAKE
ACTION IN THE NEW YEAR
by: Wendy Hearn
It's that time of year again when we start talking and thinking about New
Year's Resolutions even though they're old hat and we instinctively know
they don't work. Because your friends, family and colleagues may chat about
what Resolutions they're going to make, do you find yourself wondering
whether to make any? We know that within a few days or weeks, the
Resolutions will be forgotten, nothing will have changed and yet for some
reason most people still worry about them. So why do we still bother with
New Year's Resolutions? First, they're a custom and a New Year ushers in a
new start, so what better time than now? There's even a small chance that we
may stick to our Resolutions this year, so we have a go. The main reason
some people think about New Year's Resolutions is because they want to
change things in their life.
There's the usual New Year's Resolutions, such as I want to lose weight,
change jobs, or earn more money but they tend to be the same ones you've had
for years and they're still incomplete. These types of Resolutions are too
vague. It's this vagueness, coupled with a lack of action which means that
most people don't achieve their New Year's Resolutions. For Resolutions to
work, they need to be well thought out and have real meaning. If not, they
become a vague item on your "wish list" instead of actually doing something
concrete about them.
The word resolution comes from 'resolve' and means to make up one's mind or
decide firmly. Prior to New Years Day you may think of Resolutions you want
to make and probably feel you've made up your mind, but what happens?
Probably, very little or even nothing at all. Even though you know that
Resolutions don't usually work, it seems that most us still want to make
them. Perhaps that's because other people around you do it, so you feel you
should follow suit because there are things in your life which you want to
be different. The end of a year is a time for clearing out and completing
things, to leave us with a clean slate ready to start a new year. There's
something about a new year, a new beginning, and a fresh start which
encourages us to make New Year's Resolutions. It's a powerful feeling to
know you have a year ahead of you and you can choose what you do with it.
It's a time for reflection about where you want to go next.
What about committing to New Year changes and actions, rather than
Resolutions? The key to achieving what you really want in life and business
is to take action to achieve those changes. It's the lack of action which
stops us from having what we most want. What you want will be different for
each individual and may include
· More time in your personal life
· Less stress and more fun.
· Greater business and career success.
· Balance between work and home
· Altering your management or leadership style.
You may think I'm talking about life and business separately, yet they're
inextricably linked. The key point is that you may want to focus on your
professional life, yet this is directly related to your personal life.
Thinking about New Year's Resolutions may have made you aware that there are
some changes you want to make. I encourage you to take steps on a consistent
basis to make these changes, rather than vaguely tossing Resolutions around
and not doing anything about them.
Personal and Professional Coach
She works with business owners, professionals and executives to
discover and unlock their own inspiration, to effortlessly take the actions
required to have the success they desire.
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