New Year’s Eve.
A reason to celebrate. An occassion to get dressed up. Go eat someplace fancy. Pop a bottle of champagne (or Andre – no judgment here). A day to sit around and watch all kinds of college sports.
It can also be a day that we take a few moments to look back on the past year – achievements, struggles, good times, and bad times. We are then able to look toward the year about to come…
It’s a symbol of that metaphorical “fresh start” that many of us look forward to. A favorite component of NYE for many is the process of making New Year’s Resolutions. These are often goals and aspirations that people have for the upcoming year – things they will do, improvements they will make, bad habits they will kick, or new hobbies to try out…
The problem with a lot of these resolutions is that people often lack follow through. It’s full of good intentions, but then again there is a phrase that my mother has been known to say, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions…”
Last year, I wrote the “Resolution Solution” where I outlined a strategy to help make some of these resolutions last instead of fizzling out after just a few weeks. The highlights:
Make a clear, specific plan. Avoid abstract goals or ideas. Make sure that these are reasonable and achievable (for bigger goals, break them down into smaller goals that will eventually land you at your target).
Create accountability. It sometimes helps to tell a few trusted individuals your goals so that you are then accountable to them as well as yourself. Actually write down your plan and post it where you (or others if you’re brave) see it every day.
Reward yourself. Set benchmarks along the way (especially for bigger goals). Little rewards can be great when meeting these benchmarks – it will remind you that you are making progress.
Regardless of whether you do the “resolution thing” or not, I wish you all a very happy new year filled with new successes and achievements.
Any particular resolutions?
Any fun plans to help bring in the new year?