The New Year is a wonderful season of life – a new chance to make a better year and a better life! It’s a blank slate and a fresh start! That’s why so many people wisely decide to make some changes in their lives, in their families, and in their careers at this time of the year. This is tremendous! Unfortunately, research reveals that only 12 percent of people actually succeed in their resolutions and stick with them. This is tragic!
Wouldn’t it be great if there were some key principles that could help to insure that more people would succeed in their New Year’s resolutions? Take heart, because there are some vital factors that can empower people to reach their goals and make resolutions that really make a difference. Knowing and applying these will improve anyone’s chances for real change.
• Resolutions should be relevant
• Resolutions should be realistic and reachable
• Resolutions should be reviewed and refined
• Resolutions should be results driven
This article focuses only on the first Resolutions Success Principle – resolutions should be relevant. This article only covers half of the principle and tomorrow’s article will explain the second half. There are many areas in everyone’s lives where there is plenty of room for improvement. Relevant resolutions focus on change and growth in core areas of one’s life that will generate the greatest impact on their entire life. When core areas of life change, they affect multiple aspects of one’s life.
When someone loses weight and works to improve their fitness, it not only prolongs their life, but also provides more energy for work, mental sharpness, and may even improve their dating life. When one gains more self-control and manages their anger in healthier ways, it not only makes them more likable, but also makes them a better team-player at work, improves their friendships and may even save their marriage.
It’s important that resolutions focus on the core issues so that the investment of time and energy for change brings the greatest return in life. There are so many aspects to improve in our lives and so little time to work on all of them. It’s best to do a thorough self-assessment, list all of the things that you desire to change, then, after careful thought, choose the resolution that seems most urgent and will accomplish the most good. This new year, choose to focus on core resolutions that will make the greatest difference in your life, in your relationships, career, and in the world in which you live.