Discussion: New Year’s Resolutions: Way to Make Them Worth It
By Devon Carey Berrier
If you look up the word “resolution” in the dictionary you will find words like “decision,” “determination,” and “solution”. New Year’s resolutions embody all these words.
We make lists we are determined to complete that will give us a sense of self-improvement. I was thinking the other day about my own New Year’s resolutions and tried to remember if I have ever kept one.
After about an hour of pondering all the lost lists that I have written and tried (but failed) to keep, I realized that I always went about resolutions the wrong way. This year I am going to make a resolution that I will try and keep forever, not just through the end of 2010. I am making the resolution to be more positive and optimistic when thinking about myself and in the way I treat myself.
I am very much the perfectionist and unfortunately I am constantly judging myself for not being perfect enough. The reality is—no one is perfect! My goal for 2010 is to recognize my faults, but not attack myself for them. Rather, I am going to encourage myself to work on those faults while maintaining a positive outlook (I will become better at yoga, I will run that half-marathon, I will be a better wife and friend, etc.).
The reality is I won’t ever reach any of my goals if I continue to tell myself that I am not good enough and can’t reach my goals. With a positive attitude towards myself I can reach any goal I put forth. So, if this year you are trying to think of a New Year’s Resolution, try something a little more introspective and you may find that those other goals (like losing that extra 5 pounds, or becoming better at keeping your budget, or eating healthier) will become easier to attain.
It’s possible to make a life-lasting change in your outlook on life—I am hoping I can do this for myself.
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