I know what you are thinking: Not another article about New Year’s resolutions, red lines, goals, targets and achievements. It is four days into 2015, and the internet sphere is swarming with posts about all our good intentions, goals and things we want to achieve in the New Year.
New Year’s Resolution is a controversy topic. I would even go so far to say that the world is split into two fractions, with just half of the world’s population taking part in the annual goal-setting event.
I belong to that half. For me the beginning of the year is like a fresh start, a clean slate. Maybe it is just psychological, but a new year gives me a feeling of having the power to change things. I know that, in fact, we can change our lives every day if we want to. And statistically just 8% actually are successful in achieving their resolutions they set every year.
I belong to that 8%. Maybe it’s just because I always set goals that are actually achievable. Instead of “I want to work out more”, I would chose “I want to go running at least twice a week”. Plus, I believe that just the process of sitting down, thinking and writing down your goals already bring you one step closer to achieving them.
I don’t know. Maybe it is all a mind game. But every year I do it over and over again, and personally I would recommend anyone to do it as well. Just for the sake of finally taking the time and thinking about what we would like to change, achieve or do in the New Year. It doesn’t even matter if the things come to being in the end. That’s not the point. It’s like cleaning the house. Just in this case you sort things out in your mind, and clean ideas, feelings and thoughts, put everything in order, and start out fresh.
This year I will share my New Year’s resolutions for the first time with the world. The era of facebook and co, gives us a great way of building accountability. So, here it goes:
My New Year’s Resolutions 2015 (in no particular order)
What about you? Did you make any New Year’s resolutions or do you think they are useless?
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