Reflections: Your New Year's Resolution

Your New Year's Resolution
By William L. Bulla
Weekly Contributing Writer

A New Year's resolution is done to make your new year a better one. People often make resolutions to reform a habit. Others may want to make changes in their lifestyle. People come up with thousands of innovative resolutions every year. The list of New Year resolutions never ends. These promises are made on New Year's Day, the first day of the brand new year. The New Year resolutions help plan their activities and lifestyle for that new year ahead. These resolutions are supposed to be either fulfilled or abandoned by the end of that year. While some get fulfilled, a great many of them are abandoned.
This time last year I asked my readers this question? "Are you really ready to 'turn over a new leaf' and take on New Years Resolutions for 2012?
I never said it would be easy, but I made four suggestions how they might accomplish their resolutions. To do so requires effort on the part of the person seeking to make the changes. First, they must be specific in what they want to accomplish. Second, they must keep their resolutions simple and achievable. Third, they must plan ahead and be ready to meet all issues that may arise. Fourth, they must make it officially part of their lifestyle.
If it worked for 2012, use that formula again this year and make any other resolutions you may desire. If it didn't work, I would suggest you reevaluate the issues and ask yourself if you really worked at making it a success.
Every New Years, we celebrate its arrival and often make great resolutions of what we plan to change during the year ahead. But after a few weeks, we find ourselves allowing those resolutions to be ignored in our daily schedules and we slip back to the condition in which we spent the last year. Our intentions were great but our executions of those goals lacked a great deal. Yes, the making of New Year's resolutions is an annual tradition for many people. However, the breaking of New Year's resolutions is almost as common. Were these resolutions desired enough, planned properly, and worked on hard enough to be a success? Or was it just something everyone seems to do at New Year, so you had to come up with a list of resolution to be part of the crowd? Many people will make promises they don't intend to keep, or set unrealistic goals they are unable to reach. Most likely within a few days, many will have forgotten about these resolutions, which they made with the best intentions on New Years Day!
So, what about you? Are you going to make a long list of New Year's resolutions that are simply unrealistic? Or, perhaps, list a few issues in your life that challenge your health, relationship with another, affect your lifestyle, or other important issues needing your attention? I plan to concentrate on two resolutions, instead of a long list. If I do everything properly, I will have a happier New Year's 2013.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.