Monday, December 31, 2012

Resolving To Abide By Your New Year's Resolutions

New year's resolutions
New year's resolutions (Photo credit: Brett Jordan)
by Richard Brody

It has become an annual tradition for many of us to look back at the end of each year, and to make certain pledges and promises to do certain things better in the following year.

I recently read some statistics showing that less than eight percent of these resolutions ever come to fruition, despite the fact that most of these pledges were sincere and well intentioned when they were made.

So, one might ask, why do so few of our resolutions come to pass, and since most people realize that, why do most of us continue to make New Year's resolutions each and every year.

There are probably many contributing factors to why they don't come to fruition, but probably the most frequent ones are the fact that making a personal change requires far more than a pledge or some rhetoric, but rather a combination of motivation, planning, commitment, persistence and lots of effort. It is always easier to say that you are going to make some change than to actually make the changes.

Why do we continue to make resolutions year after year? Firstly, because year - end is generally a time for introspection and analysis, and most of us realize that we can and should improve. In addition, our memories are often conveniently short, and making pledges make us feel better about ourselves.

1. New Year's resolutions are a good idea, but only when we do something with them. Just as companies and organizations do annual reports for their stakeholders, each of us need to do a personal review and analysis.

However, if we wish this to be more than an empty exercise, we must also created specific goals to achieve, with an action plan and a timeline for review and implementation. The resolutions have to be personally compelling enough to drive us to action, and we must be able to motivate ourselves to make whatever changes, and take whatever actions may be needed, to insure the changes we need to make, are actually made.

We can't just complain and blame, but rather must focus on our future, and how to make ourselves more personally satisfied.

2. Each of us need to feel that we can achieve our goals, and most people realize that it begins with a dream, and that is what resolutions are all about. We continue to resolve to do better, and be better, because humans, for the most part, wish to be the best that they can be.

What are your resolutions, and what will you do to achieve them? Will you persist and persevere while others simply go through the motions.

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years.

Rich has written three books and well over a thousand articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook

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