Wow! So here we are again, in the infancy of a brand New Year. Is it just me or does the sand in the hour glass fall faster each year?
The funny thing about January is that we almost undeniably catch ourselves asking, “What was I doing this time last year? Where was I? Heck, what were my last new years resolutions?” There is something peculiar about this time of year that causes us to reflect on our lives and review our priorities–at least that’s the intention.
But why is January the primary time for reflection? Maybe it’s because the hectic holiday season has come to an end and we finally have some time to think about life: what we want to do, be, and have. Or maybe it’s because we’re just plain shocked that we made it through the last year in one piece! The reasons may be different for each person, but there is one thing that remains common among all of us: the fact that a new calendar year has begun. Merry christmas Pictures 2021
The New Year appears to be a time when we can finally wipe our slate clean and set some new ground rules for ourselves. The challenge we all face, however, is the question of, “How am I going to see these resolutions through? How can I stick with them and be sure I will accomplish them?” Very good question.
As I’m sure you’ve discovered, even having the right intentions isn’t enough to bring us success. I remember someone once saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” And we definitely don’t want to end up there! So if setting positive New Year resolutions is not enough, what matters is how we get ourselves to take action and follow through with our new goals.
Over the past few years, I thought I had come up with some really good methods to help me stay on track, but I’ve also learned never to underestimate the significance of interviewing other people. I came back with some very good points that might help you make 2009 a year to be really proud of. . .
#1 – Use the power of emotion: Have you ever noticed how those people who consistently follow through with their goals also get really excited about them? The excitement comes from focusing on how achieving a specific resolution will make their lives better. The goal itself is seldom enough to motivate us to get started and follow through when times get tough. However, if we’re crystal clear on WHY we must accomplish this goal, we will find out HOW to do it. If we get excited enough about the result, we will persevere, try hard, and find a way to make it work.