Almost everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. Some people (like me) do it for the entire month of January, not just the first hour of the first day. Like everyone else, I usually make some that I know I won’t keep. That’s usually because we make sweeping resolutions or ones that we really don’t have control over, like “I will get a promotion this year,” or “I will lose a hundred pounds by summer.” Neither of those resolutions are really achievable. The former is out of your control – usually. The latter is unachievable because you are putting too much pressure on yourself.
Some people over resolve, as I call it, set themselves up for failure, and then become dissatisfied with their lives after failing. Some people aren’t serious about their resolutions and that’s ok, too. Making ridiculous resolutions that you know you won’t achieve can be fun. I’m talking about resolving to walk on the moon or mars by next year. If you are a writer, you can use New Year’s resolutions like that as writing exercises. Just write about the experience, or write about how you’d go about achieving it. Who knows? You might be able to achieve your resolution, mentally, by writing about it. Even if you aren’t a writer, try making such a resolution and imagine how you would achieve it. Take some time to daydream about it and let your imagination play. It’s good for you.
As far as resolutions concerning making changes to your life, I think it’s better to make resolutions that you think you might achieve. “I will clean out that front hall closet.” That’s something that may only take an hour or two of your time, depending on how big the closet is, or how much stuff is crammed in there. So I tried that this year.
I made a series of small resolutions, such as “I will clean out my bedroom closet.” I also decided that I would lose twenty pounds by summer. That’s more doable than a hundred. Last year, I lost thirty-five pounds in six months, so twenty is a doable amount. Twenty pounds is good goal to shoot for. While that won’t take me down to my target weight of one hundred twenty-five pounds, it will get me within striking distance and that’s what I am shooting for. Those two resolutions are ones that will be easier to achieve than many other things that I could have chosen. If I wanted to fail, a good new year’s resolution would be, “I resolve to become a millionaire by next Christmas.” You should pick resolution that you have a fighting chance at achieving. I got my closet cleaned out. How are you doing on your resolution, if you made one?