Although many of us are not beginning the New Year with a new job, a new car, or a new wardrobe, there is one thing we can all have as we start the New Year: a new attitude. This doesn’t have to be toward your entire life as a whole, (although a positive outlook on life is often a key to success), just a new attitude, a new perspective towards once aspect of your life. It can be anything! For example I’m choosing to have a more positive attitude toward myself. Often, when I get faced with a task that seems too daunting, I get inside my head and I have trouble believing that I can effectively complete the task. Now that I have a more positive attitude towards myself, no task or assignment is too big to tackle!
Why is it important to make New Year Resolutions? As temporary as they may seem to some, it is very important we find a resolution we are able to obtain each year for a couple reasons. First, picking a specific resolution requires us to evaluate ourselves in a way many of us do not normally do. Through this self-reflection, we are able to find our flaws to improve upon. For some, it may be a wake-up call, but is always necessary. Being able to recognize your own flaws through self-reflection can be a powerful thing!
Another reason why setting a New Year’s Resolution is important is because it helps us learn to set and obtain goals. For many, a resolution may seem huge and unattainable. In order to have greater success, break the goal into smaller, more attainable goals. Many sources say that it takes only two weeks to form a habit, so try to set small, measureable goals every two weeks. These actions to reach the first goal will then become habit for the next small goal, and will continue throughout the entire year. Next thing you know, at the end of the year, you have accumulated a great number of good habits! This same goal-setting method can be applied in your professional life and to your work assignments.
These two reasons should be enough to make you want to go make a positive change in your life! Through self-reflection and goal setting, any resolution you choose can be attained!
Have a happy, healthy, and successful new year!