Only Resolution for 2013: Taking Action

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:

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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, 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.

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Thanksgiving should be a daily affair -Gratitude must be part of your Attitude

Thanksgiving should be a daily affair

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States.

Appreciating someone or feeling grateful to others can significantly improve your happiness in your daily life and transform your emotional outlook.  By showing gratitude, you embrace positive elements of determination, enthusiasm, energy, and attentiveness. An attitude of gratitude is one of the important contributors to a contented life and most powerful way to enhance satisfaction and inner happiness.

Be Gracious and Thankful

It is quite natural to be accepted and appreciated. Saying a little “thank you” to the people around you can give them an impression of recognition and acknowledgment. It makes them feel proud of their efforts. Attitude of gratitude is mostly about your ability to notice positive traits in others. You can build determination in others, improve their efficiency, encourage innovation, and promote positive relationships by emphasizing feelings of gratitude.

Gratitude can help in developing your sense of self-respect and self-esteem. It motivates you to appreciate all the amazing facets of life and create a steady balance of peace, harmony, and happiness. Adverse situations and difficulties in life present opportunities to grow and develop you as a strong person. You have immense potential to convert adversities to blessings by adopting a positive attitude and thankful behavior.  Gratitude maintains and strengthens your relationship with God and other fellow beings.

Appreciate what you have and Celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an occasion when everyone gathers with their family, relatives, and friends to celebrate with joy and express their appreciation and thankfulness. It brings people together, close to each other, and creates strong bonds among them.

Much like any other festival, Thanksgiving also has a related history. It is celebrated to appreciate all that you have. However, it appears as if the only purpose of Thanksgiving is to eat turkey, avail bargains for Christmas shopping, and relax. Thanksgiving has much more to offer. When celebrating Thanksgiving, you should adopt an attitude of gratitude for every little blessing that you usually take for granted. It is an opportunity to appreciate your family, personal life, work, health, and other relations. This festival provides you a chance to acquire a contented and gratifying lifestyle.

In today’s world, pessimism overpowers optimism. Amidst the celebrations of festivals, you forget all your tensions and worries. Festivals give you a break from your pessimistic feelings and create an emotional balance. In order to enjoy a contented and satisfied life, you should visualize every single day as a festival. Do not wait for Thanksgiving to appreciate your blessings and people around you.

Express your Gratitude and be Grateful

Some people are inherently more positive, hopeful, and optimistic than others. Even the most cynical and pessimistic people can develop a positive and satisfied attitude with constant practice. If you feel that someone has done something nice for you, you should never hesitate to instantly thank him/her. When you show the attitude of gratitude, you actually share your joy with people around you. It does not only make you feel good, but also gives a certain level of confidence to others.

Make gratitude as part of your attitude: Developing the attitude of gratitude requires you to observe little things. When you are able to appreciate minor blessings, you can achieve great levels of happiness and satisfaction. It is never too difficult to be thankful for a little smile, small gift, or minor compliment.

Always say Thank you, it Matters: You easily ignore a majority of positive things in your life only because you are used to them. You are able to realize their significance only when you lose them. Do not falter to appreciate something before it is too late.

Count your blessings: A simple act of considering positive aspects of life can make a huge difference. For example, you are blessed with human life and grateful for waking up every morning, having caring spouse, wonderful parents, adorable kids, and have shelter to live comfortably etc. If you start counting things that you are grateful, you will be amazed to learn that it is very big. You easily ignore a majority of positive things in your life only because you are used to them. You are able to realize their significance only when you lose them. Do not falter to appreciate something before it is too late.  Being grateful instills positive thoughts in the mind and you can have an entirely different perspective of your life only if you learn to count your blessings, notice minute joys, and acknowledge everything that you have.  If you have an attitude of gratitude, you can treasure your life, family, profession, and relations. Don’t compare yourself with others instead content with what you have got and thankful to God. Comparing yourself with others can affect your contentment and self-esteem.

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving.

About the Author

Rakesh is Founder of Five Global Values Passionately determined to uncover the mystery of human behavior, Rakesh has created a peaceful world full of love and happiness through his work.
In his book “Adventures of the Tornado Kid”, Rakesh utilized his experiences and vast research on human behavior and values to create an intimate observation of the lives of two children with opposing upbringings. He shares crucial techniques to help all of us impart basic human values among today’s youth.

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