I absolutely hate New Year’s Resolution articles. The web this past week, and I’m sure the week coming, has been plastered with stupid ideas for stuff we should change about ourselves. So I feel embarrassed that “New Year’s Resolution” is even in the title of this article.
I promise you’ll see tons of “Top Ten Lists” for New Year’s Resolutions. Totally random stuff about losing weight, hitting the gym, eating right, fixing our relationships, crossing things off your bucket list, and getting your finances in order. That’s fine and dandy. If you love New Year’s Resolutions, and they work for you, then please, have it! Also, comment below that they work for you because I don’t have any friends that say New Year’s Resolutions work!
I’ll jump straight to my point: with the New Year upon us, it’s not time to start a trendy Resolution just because of a date change. Gorging on fried chicken and Advent candy all December while anticipating an easy change in January to incinerate your fattiness really doesn’t cut it. Deciding that overnight you’ll fix your life may not help you on January 1st.
New Focus for a New Year
Here’s what I do think will help you rather than the typical New Year’s Resolution: having a new focus for a New Year. Sitting down and thinking:
- “What do I need to change course on?”
- “What do I need to spend more energy on?”
- “What do I need to give more of myself to?””
I believe that asking—and answering—these questions will help give us more energy and resolve to pursue the growth and development that change requires.
This may not seem far different from New Year’s Resolutions.
Here’s how it differs: People make trendy lists and quick decisions on how they want to change. Maybe they actually made a New Year’s Resolution to train harder, get smarter, lose weight and such way back in November. But they’ve waited an entire month to activate their “resolve”. Don’t wait. Think, decide, act.
What is it that you need to focus on this coming year? To give yourself to in a greater way? Is it:
- Physical Training
- Wiser Eating
- Wiser Spending of Time
- How you want to develop yourself
- Growing/Advancing at Work
- Refining a Skill
Whatever it is, it will require resolve to pursue. But what you’ll need to do is focus in, laser in, zero in on whatever that is and really give more of yourself toward it. Do you know what else it may take? It may take you giving less of yourself to something else.
I hope you Fearless Men and Women out there have a year of great advancement and growth. Changing and shaping yourself doesn’t happen on accident-but on purpose. If you make any “New Year’s Resolution” today, let it be of having a sharp focus and plan on what you want to do different!