As 2013 comes to a close, many people may regret they did or did not accomplish certain goals in the year. Some will opt to make a New Year’s Resolution.
Statistics are now showing that as few as 8% of the US population plan to make a 2014 Resolution. Interestingly however is that only 11% of that already small percentage believe they will keep it (that’s less than 1% of the total that will decide to change and actually do it!)
I’m not proposing you don’t make one, and I’m not in support of you making one. Ok, so why the blog? – good question!
Each of us undoubtably will admit that there was something that we wish we had done different this past year. Why? that’s the real question here.
What happened that made you choose to take a certain path, and make a particular decision?
Sometimes the environment affects our choice, other times our friends and family influence us. Hopefully our beliefs and values also weigh in heavily to our decision making process.
What I’m suggesting then is to affect the one thing you can: your values. If you decide to make a resolution, the best thing you can do is to clarify your objective.
Let’s say you want to lose weight (the #1 resolution every year, including mine for the last few years). First off, “losing weight” is very abstract, and the goal is arbitrary. Instead of “losing weight,” make a definite achievable goal. “I want to lose 10 lbs by April 1st.” Now I have a goal, and it’s close enough that I can’t afford waiting to start.
No matter what your resolution, or any regret may be from 2013, I hope that 2014 is a better year for you.
Happy New Year!
…and thanks for supporting me and reading this. I plan to continue this ministry in 2014. I hope you’ll stay here with me.
One thought about the new year from a famous singer “Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.”