I recently viewed a poll that said 92% of our population has made a New Year’s Resolution at least once in their lifetime. Over the years, most of us have made MANY. I admit that I have made quite a few myself , BUT NOT ANYMORE. My position has changed. I’m now against them….. mainly because I realize that the odds are strongly against their success…..and I need the odds with me as much as possible! Bottom line: The majority of New Year’s Resolutions are deemed a failure shortly after moving into the new year. I have an opinion as to why this occurs.
First of all, it takes minimal effort to make a resolution. In our society today , minimal effort is quite appealing. Most of us make our resolutions sometime in December. This means that we set our goals weeks in advance of actually making efforts to achieve our goals. It makes us feel good inside, having the “assurance” that great things await us in the near future….January 1 to be precise. Knowing that a great “turnaround” awaits us starting with the first day of the new year might even allow us to ease our conscience as we take part in behaviors that may be contradictory to our resolution. Been there. Done that.
The truth is, if you are serious about setting goals and making positive life changes, the ideal day to start making efforts to advance is NOW. If you believe that a goal/resolution can be put off, then its probably not of great value to you. Resolutions usually end up as ”just talk”. Our world is full of talkers and you want to separate yourself from this crowd. Be a person of ACTION. As a person of action, there is great benefit. You live a fuller life with more accomplished…. and more importantly, your child receives the blessing of seeing you in “action”. This greatly increases the chance of your child being goal-oriented and confident as opposed to joining the crowd on the sideline. Remember, children recognize their parent’s patterns of behavior over time….and will often emulate them. This can be a good thing, or a bit scary. Ask yourself now, talk or action?