A New Perspective on Resolutions
Some people scoff at making resolutions, saying, “I hate to make resolutions; I break them the next week!” I say resolutions are an excellent way to start the New Year. Think of “resolution” as another word for “goal.” Having goals is a healthy way to live. What is life without something to live for and work toward? Goals give you a reason to get up in the morning, a reason to get off the couch, and a reason to live with purpose. Having an important goal gives you a reason to say “no” to trivial or even good things, because you have a greater “yes” burning inside you.
A goal doesn’t have to be a goal just to DO something; make goals to BE something as well, such as a more involved parent, more loving spouse, a more productive worker, or a person of strong character. Make goals to balance your life. A healthy life has a balance of career, family, friends, recreation, intellectual growth, and spirituality.
Start by setting one goal in each area today. Write them down and put them in a place you’ll see them every day, like the fridge, your wallet, or the bathroom mirror (that’s where mine are). You’ll have a daily reminder of new priorities that are worth your time and attention.