A quick look into how NY resolutions can make or break your year
Have you ever had a new year's resolution? One wherein you swore off alcohol, or passed up sugar, or promised yourself a triweekly session at the local gym, or some sort of devotion to a craft or hobby to keep yourself productively busy, or something as simple as less screen time on the phone--the list goes on in a varied spectrum of rationality: from realistic to idealistic to borderline "are you sure about that?!" It's almost like a universal tradition to set goals for the new year. Some have a long list, while others keep it short and sweet. It makes us feel intentional, oriented and prepared. All great things for someone who wants to keep their life together ✋
Now, I'm not saying that in order for you to be a put-together person, you have to have a list of resolutions. I'm sure there is a multitude of successful and put-together individuals out there that don't have a "New Year's Resolutions List", and you might just be one of them. For the people that do make this a tradition and actually stick by it, yours is the power. But for the majority, the vagueness of the word "resolution" may just be its downfall.
The word itself tends to set us up for failure. It implies that achieving a goal is as simple as setting the intention to do so (though intention plays a big role). In reality, setting a goal and being intentional about it is just the first part--it's the desk duty. To actually see it through requires implementing carefully designed strategies for making resolutions--or better yet--new habits stick.
We all have habits and not all of our habits are good, and that's okay. We have ones that serve us and ones that absolutely do not. These habits are important because we do not only cultivate them, they also have the propensity to impact our lives in the long run. Sometimes, we unintentionally pick them up, and sometimes we build them with so much care and intention. Here lies the beauty of our human capabilities and free will. Our habits in part determine our physical and mental health, shape many of our relationships, help us to achieve our goals, and allow us to embody the type of person we want to be.
Always remember, setting resolutions for the sole purpose of checking them off the list is a red flag. The bucket list is not the list. It is self-expansion; it is where you cultivate your habits--the ones that serve you--and watch them grow and flourish as you live your life--not just your year--to the fullest in the brightest of spectrums because, ultimately, all this has very little to do with doing, but more on being.
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