Thought for the week – 12 – Anyone for resolutions?

It’s that time of year again

Hi and welcome back from the festive break!

Is this a great time for you when you can look back with a warm glow at your achievements during 2006? Or are you fed up that, yet again, “things” have conspired to prevent you from reaching your full potential this year?

Does the idea of making resolutions for the coming year fill you with eager anticipation or do you think “here we go again” and believe it’s just a waste of time?

I believe that for resolutions, goals, aims (call them what you will) to have a hope in the proverbial of actually coming about, they have to have a really strong feel good factor.

So anything that goes along the lines of

  • I’m going to stop smoking
  • I’m going to cut down on my (alcoholic) drinking
  • I’m going to lose weight
  • Is almost doomed to fail from the outset because it reeks of deprivation and self denial! So how can we get round this and still achieve the desired results?

    The first might be to actually make your resolutions any time but from the 24 hour period following midnight on 31st December: Make them at a time that is right for you, not when you’re expected to. As for how to phrase them positively, answers on your virtual postcard (comments) please…

    Hey – I’m providing the thoughts let’s have some of your input!

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    One Response to “Thought for the week – 12 – Anyone for resolutions?”

    1. Phil Parkin says:

      It’s not often that I disagree with Linda (just as well really as we work together). But, although I agree that positively phrased resolutions/goals are much more likely to succeed, I DO see a value in the “New Year deadline”.

      Let me explain. For those of us who are always well organised and do not procrastinate on goal-setting then she is absolutely right. But for some of us it just ain’t that easy!

      If you are thinking of applying a New Years’ resolution to yourself you are already thinking about what it is and what you want to achieve – so why haven’t you already done it?

      The answer, I suspect, is that you know that without a deadline, somehow that goal will never quite manage to get set – that you are using Dec 31 midnight (ish) as an aid to making sure that you actually DO what you know you should be doing anyway.

      What do YOU think?

      Anyway – happy New Year and good luck with your resolutions.

      Phil Parkin

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