Do you make a New Year’s Resolution? It seems every January many of us make a resolution to become a better friend, live a healthier life, or maybe do more reading. What is your Resolution for the upcoming year?
I’ve recently read about choosing a single word to focus on for the upcoming year. This word will help you focus your thoughts and actions. It will guide you through your decisions and goals. But choosing a single word may be a struggle in itself. How can you choose just one word?
I discovered of I begin to right down many words, I began to see a theme emerging. Success, freedom, learning, health, discipline,…. For me the theme that I see is the fact that I need to make a plan.
So how to accomplish that? Starting with what you want to accomplish is a good way to discover how to make the journey to get there. Since I have a trendency to over think almost everything I do, just starting the journey is an undesirable task, but one that must be done to move forward.
A New Year’s Resolution is ineffective if we don’t know how to make it happen.
For example if your resolution was to make more money, what steps are you going to do to enable you to see the results you want. Maybe you’re first step is to review your spending. This helps you identify places you can change your habits. Next you might consider a new source of income, maybe that’s a new job, or as so many people are doing..a side hustle. The next step is (according to the “experts”) is to have a savings. This includes a plan on how to add to your existing savings, or maybe you actually need to start a savings. Something as small as $10 a week is a good place to start.
It’s obvious that any New Year’s Resolution, even if it’s a single word, requires much more than just wanting it. Your first step is always creating a plan.