Created on 2016-01-02 21:08
Published on 2016-01-02 21:25
Not everybody wants to make a New Year’s resolution. But, there are many people who do. You may be one of them or you may know someone who always likes to make a New Year’s resolution.
Whether people achieve their resolution or not, some people just like to have one and declare it as well!
I was prompted to write this article because my friend Amy, rang me last night and panicked – this is what she said, ‘Yikes! It’s nearly midnight – and I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet’!
Normally, when Amy rings me she talks for a long time, sometimes, almost for an hour. But, last night she hurriedly said she needs to think of a resolution before midnight and asked me if I could help her think of something, well ‘anything’ she said. ‘May be my resolution should be goal setting – what do you think’? Amy asked.
She said, ‘text me a few things for ideas please within the next 15 minutes’.
I thought Amy is expecting a text from me, well what are friends for? Besides, if I don’t send her some ideas, she is going to ring me in a few minutes anyway.
This is what I wrote to her: ‘Amy, do not worry. Your resolution does not have to be made necessarily on the first day of New Year. First of all, stop panicking. Take a deep breath and think. Any resolution is about making a change. So, what in essence you are looking for is making a change in your life. So, think which area in your life is your priority to make changes. You wanted some ideas from me. Here are some ideas – career, personal, family or social. Think it over and if you wanted to make changes in any of these areas, let me know. I will call you tomorrow and we could have a chat about it.’ Within seconds, a text of appreciation came from Amy and she said ‘Fantastic! Looking forward.’
I thought that’s Amy sorted for the night. But, within a few seconds she sent me another text, ‘Yes, Rozana, thought about it, I think it should be my career.’ Great! I thought to myself … she is beginning to prioritise. A few minutes later, another text arrived: ‘No, actually, I think I should look at some personal things, managing time, goal setting or may be do more exercise!’ Before, I could reply to that text, Amy sent me another: ‘No, I think family and social aspects are important. I do think this is the area that I should look at. This will definitely help me manage stress as well’.
Amy is a good friend of mine and I know her well. Initially, she always panics about things, but eventually she becomes calm. She has taken some major decisions in her life that has been truly amazing! I know she will make a good and important New Year’s resolution and I will be there for her, if she needs help.
Here is an important question that we need to ask. What is resolution? Let’s look at a simple definition of ‘resolution’. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines ‘resolution’ as – ‘a promise to yourself to do or to not do something’.
So, a serious thing such as a ‘promise’ should not be made in haste. If you are in Amy’s situation and still looking for a New Year’s resolution, here are twelve points that may help you:
Wow! Just think about that.
The important thing is do not panic and stress yourself by thinking that you have not made a New Year’s Resolution yet! Take your time and go for something that is achievable! It may be small, medium or a huge change in your life!
Just remember you have made a ‘resolution’ a ‘promise’ to yourself and be resolute in keeping that promise!
Good luck and I wish everybody success in achieving New Year’s Resolution.
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