Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions. This is a tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement, beginning from New Year’s Day. Did you know that research suggests that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals?
I think there is two main reasons for this. The first is just making a resolution without putting any thought into how you are going achieve it, it is really important to plan. How are you going to do it? Who do you need help from? What resources or information do you need? What preparation is required? If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
The second reason is the energy or intention behind your resolution. Are you setting a goal that you want to achieve or a goal that you believe you “should” have? Is your goal a healthy goal to help you move ahead in your life, driven by love and respect for yourself? Or is your goal driven by shame, self loathing and the need to punish yourself into becoming something you are not in order to please other people?
Before you make any New Year’s Resolutions, my suggestion is you start with this little but very important exercise. Forgive yourself, yes, that’s right, forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for all the resolutions you haven’t kept in the past, hanging on to shame about the past is not useful if you want to change the future, it will only hold you back. If you begin to cultivate gratitude and joy, have self compassion, letting go of perfection, you will be well on your way to achieving your goals.
New Year’s Resolutions are a great opportunity to reset and change habits that will help you to reach your goals. Creating habits that nourish and nurture your body, mind and soul. Ensure that your goals align with your values and nourish you so you can live your best life.
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Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!