So it’s the 9th January 2017. Christmas and New Year’s has flown by in the blink of an eye.

Abandoned your new year's resolution yet??

Which leads me to questions you probably have heard again and again during this time of year.

Did you make a New Year’s resolution?

If yes…

Are you still persevering with it or have you admitted defeat and thrown in the towel?

If the former – congratulations!! 🙂

If the latter – was your resolution too far-fetched, bordering on fantasy for your character and personality?

Now, I ask this since I was guilty of this a lot in my younger days – tween and teenage years mostly. I would resolve to accomplish the most unmanageable tasks (well, for me, anyway), like:

  • going to bed every night by 10pm.
  • never ever being naughty.
  • never having an argument.
  • waking up everyday at 5:30am, 6:00am latest.

I’m perfectly capable of getting up early, but I’ve now accepted that I am a natural night owl. My mind and creativity annoyingly comes alive around 1:00am – 2:00am in the morning. So attempting the first resolution was a huge NO NO and was swiftly dropped. The second and third, I could keep up for almost a week as a child, which would fill me with great pride. But sure enough, it would only be a matter of time before I would get told off or arguing with someone (not that I was always in the wrong, I might add!), and I would end up crying, upset and feeling awful that I failed my own test. I do prefer a well-deserved lie-in on the weekends, though not too late though – I still want to be productive!

As I’ve gotten older, I done away with these types of superficial goals. I am now of an age where I can admit my nature and know what will and will not work. After all, there’s no point unnecessarily setting yourself up for certain failure.

I’ve also done away with the preening and beautifying ritual I used to undertake every New Year’s Eve, as read in The Resolution Game (Part 1) and The Resolution Game (Part 2).

My resolutions are now purely personal development related.

I aim to always be in a better position than I was in the previous year.

I strive to push past the limits I have mentally imposed on myself.

I aim to be healthier and have a greater sense of wellbeing.

I strive each year to do the necessary work to bring me closer to fulfilling my ultimate goal.

I resolve to make more opportunities for myself and to take them where they are presented to me.

And you should too!

Don’t waste your energy on goals you have no intention or inclination of keeping up – you’ll just waste time and be miserable in the process. Be a mental adventurer – keep pushing and training your mindset to recognise your ability and potential, and keep pushing the boundaries of your perceived limits further and further. You’ll find that boundary is elastic and not plastic as initially thought.

Ensure that the goals you focus on manageable – divide them into smaller, digestible goals which will be easier to accomplish and spur you onwards towards that finish line! If (for example) you wanted to pass your driving test in September or earlier, start working towards it with regular driving lessons as soon as possible. And persevere. It’s determination and perseverance after all lead to successful outcomes!

Making the right type of resolution certainly does aid in a smoother and gentler transition into a new year, as well as a better result. Just make sure it is right for you. 🙂


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