2020 New Year’s Resolution
The second decade of the 21st century is right around the corner. We’re only a week away from the year 2020. As the cliche goes, hindsight is 20/20. There’s also perfect vision for the eyes that we say is 20/20 vision. Whatever the case, 2019 is quickly coming to an end. Since this is the start of a new year, it’s a good time to think about your 2020 New Year’s resolution.
Why is a New Year’s Resolution Important to Me?
Once upon a time, I was one of those people who used to criticize the idea of New Year’s resolutions. “Why do I have to wait until the start of a new year to do something”? “How is a resolution at the start of the year supposed to help me be successful”? Now, I see the value of having a New Year’s resolution. It’s true that we could start a change in our lives on a Wednesday in the middle of April or May. However, when we choose to start a new chapter of our lives at the beginning of the year, it’s like we have a clean slate in front of us. Our minds are already adjusted to the new day, the new month, the new year. It’s easier for us to know how much time we are spending on our goals too.
For me, having a resolution helps me to stay focused during the upcoming year. I’m not just going into it blindly. Instead, I have direction and know that there’s a destination to be reached. January 1st is the starting point like the beginning of a map for a journey. As with most good journeys, it’s important to have an idea of where you’re headed at the very least.
Plan first, act next
A lot of people start their resolutions on the first day of the new year. Instead of starting then, it’s better to start before. The earlier you begin the better. The planning stages for a New Year’s resolution should be before the start of the new year. Anywhere from a few days to a few weeks ahead. By planning first, you’ll be able to jump right in once the new year begins.
Define your goals with clarity. Make it so clear, that if someone asked you what they were, you’d be able to explain instantly and they’d be able to understand without any difficulty. When your goals are clear, you’ll be able to see them in your mind. The more you can visualize your clear goals, the more real it becomes to you. Aside from having clear goals, be sure that these goals mean something to you. Whether they’re related to career success, your relationships, your knowledge, body, or something else, your goals should be important to you.
Plan, then Act on your Resolution
You’ve written down your New Year’s resolutions, now you have to follow them. Anyone can write a list of things they want, but what good is it if you’re not acting on your desire? Make a plan on how to bring your resolution, your goals, into reality. Consider the steps that you need to take and also what obstacles you might face. Have an action plan for how to overcome any challenges that get in your way. Very importantly, stay committed to your resolution for whatever period of time you allocate for yourself. Your resolution might last for the whole year, or maybe you just need three months to accomplish your goal. Whatever the case, stick to it and remind yourself regularly that you’re in this for the long haul.
If you fail while trying?
You might try your best to fulfill your resolution, but still come up short in the end. If you fail while trying, don’t beat yourself up. Try again. Remember, if you never work toward your goals for the new year, you won’t make much progress. If you try and fail, you’ll still end up making more progress than if you had never tried at all. Take whatever failure you come across as a learning experience.
Let’s make the most of this coming year. Make 2020 the year in which your New Year’s resolution come true and your dreams come to fruition. Set your goals, visualize them, make a plan, and get to work. This year can be a success, if you want it to be!
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