With 2013 just around the corner, people all over the world are preparing to welcome it in their own respective ways. While some people believe that New Year’s Eve is the time to remember the past to determine their shortcomings, others think that it should be about looking forward to the upcoming year.
A great majority of people make New Year’s resolutions at the end of every single year. However, most resolutions are never accomplished. The fact that nobody appears to keep or accomplish his or her resolutions has significantly lessened their charm over the years. Making resolutions for the coming year can be a terrific idea, but it is only valuable as long as there is an effective execution plan. Without the ability to take action, any kind of resolution is almost unattainable.
Positive Aspects of Resolutions
Making a New Year resolution can be quite useful for the following reasons:
Self-Assessment Opportunity: While making New Year’s resolutions, individuals get a perfect opportunity to evaluate their actual goals, aspirations, values, interests, and priorities. They get a better idea of what they want in life to make it more fulfilling and rewarding.
Chances of Improvement: Everyone has certain aspects of life that he or she wishes to change or improve. The creation of resolutions enables them to recognize such areas so as to experience transformation and growth. It actually lets you acknowledge your inherent power to change your life as per your interests.
Acknowledgment of Positives: While making resolutions, you may be able to realize the positive aspects of your life. Your self-esteem may get a significant boost when you are able to recognize your accomplishments and achievements. These resolutions give you some time to relish and rejoice the success that you may have made in the previous year.
Negative Aspects of Resolutions
In the absence of a convincing action plan, your New Year resolutions can prove to be pretty disastrous in any of the following ways:
Misaligned Goals: Your excessive efforts to force a change can occasionally backfire. The reason being you may be struggling to make a change that is not in your best interest. If your resolutions lack personally meaningful goals, then you have great chances of never accomplishing your resolutions. What matters the most is to identify the reasons for which you want to change yourself or your life.
Extreme Self-Criticism: Resolutions can often instill self-criticism and repentance in your personality. Individuals who stumble on the achievement of their resolutions not only criticize themselves, but also feel guilty or humiliated for their failed attempts. They usually visualize un-kept resolutions as failures which further urge them to not accomplish the aims.
Longer Time Frame: The resolutions you make at the starting of the year may not match your interests at later stages. With time, you are likely to change and develop new perceptions about life. With such changes, you may feel restricted by your resolutions. An active action strategy is the only thing that gives you enough strength to revise your resolutions according to your new interests and preferences.
Importance of Acting on Resolutions
If you do not formulate an effective action plan while making New Year’s resolutions, it is quite likely that you may never achieve your aims. A specific execution plan enables you to achieve your goals in a more efficient and better way. Your chances of getting successful in keeping your resolutions largely depend on how well-made, specific, and clear your action strategy is. Such plans make you better equipped to realize the clarity and quality of your goals.
The act of implementing your resolutions makes you more realistic and dynamic. You actually think about exclusive benefits that you can enjoy after completing every single step. It is the action strategy that makes you enjoy the process of goal accomplishment. It not only keeps you focused on the target, but also maintains your motivation level. When you are determined to take action on your resolutions, you may not lose your focus.
The most workable action plan motivates you to execute your resolutions one at a time. It gives you a realistic approach towards your target and makes you less likely to give up along the way. A passionate execution of goals gives you enough courage to not think about setbacks as utter failures.
While New Year’s resolutions can be encouraging and a means of promoting growth and self-advancement, their darker aspects can lead an individual to extreme levels of self-condemnation. However, if you are able to devise an effectual action strategy to realize your most important goals, then you can make the most of your resolution.
About Rakesh Malhotra
Rakesh Malhotra, founder of Five Global Values www.FiveGlobalValues.com), is a world-traveled, values-driven business leader who specializes in organization behavior. Rakesh’s fascination with the connection between human behavior and core values was sparked many years ago. As a result of working, living, and traveling around the world to nearly 40 countries, Rakesh realized that the Five Global Values determine overall human behavior across all cultures. He is also the author of Adventures of Tornado Kid: Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values.