My Resolution: More than just Words
Up to the last week of 2017, I could not decide on a New Year resolution. At some point I stopped trying and chose instead to reflect on past resolutions. Soon enough, I realized that I had not honored my previous commitments beyond the first 2 weeks of January. This revelation forced me to take a good look at the reasons for my failure, and here is what I learned:
- I never fully understood the reason I made a particular promise to myself.
- I failed to acknowledge the challenges of committing to my decision.
- I lacked a strong incentive to stay engaged.
If you can relate to the above situation, whether you are still figuring out your New Year resolution, or making plans to improve your behavior or lifestyle, consider these points:
- Acknowledge that decisions are easy to make and hard to keep. They require adhering to new habits or breaking old ones. It is hard to kill old habits, but it is harder to consciously acquire good ones. Be conscious always that, embracing or letting go of habits takes time, effort, and patience.
- Be fully aware of the circumstances surrounding your decision. A commitment may seem simple when you make it, but its execution may entail major changes and have far reaching effects; understanding it would ensure physical and mental readiness.
- Lay down a plan to succeed and ask yourself what it will take to honor your promise? Do you have a fear that is a major obstacle to your progress? You could challenge yourself to face it and move forward. Is there a bigger dream that your success will help you fulfil?
Applying yourself to anything is the only way you get it done. It is up to you to look for ways to make your desire so strong that backing out is not an option.
“Commitment is an act, not a word.”
— Jean Paul Sartre