Happy New Year Everyone!
Happy New Year, what an exciting time! While in reality, today and tomorrow are really just another day…they’re another day that we should make the best of, just like we should make the best of every other day of the year. Where the difference lies is that this day is celebrated around the world as the start of a new calendar year, and celebrated for it. Basically, people all over the world think it’s a huge deal, and a perfect time to retroactively look at your life and your accomplishments and make any needed improvements. A new year, a new start, right? Although anyone can and should do this frequently throughout the year, this is as good a time as any.
So, while some people say that New Year’s resolutions are useless and should take place all year round, not just at New Year’s, it is still as good a day as any to make one. However, I think the key concept around a resolution is to really make sure that you are not just making one for the sake of making one. If we want to make a change and believe that a resolution is the path to that change, we must fully believe in our resolution and commit to it. Easier said than done I know.
Happy New Year – Step 1
Party and have some damn fun and Dec 31st! Do whatever you do to have a good time. Laugh, hang out with friends and family, go out for a wicked awesome dinner, spend some quality time with your spouse, party hard, dance, drink ridiculously priced wine and champagne, meditate, or whatever else you want to do. Just be sure you stay as safe and healthy as possible when you do it.
Happy New Year – Step 2
What is your dream, what do you want to do with your life, what is something you have always wanted to do but never taken action on? If any of these things hit home for you, that’s probably a good place to start with your resolution. Also, don’t let someone else force a specific resolution on you as it will lead to less of a chance of success. Make your own goals around something you really want, This is called intrinsic motivation (motivation from within oneself). If you don’t have a desire to eat healthier, or exercise, or stop smoking, making an empty resolve in these areas will not lead to success. For the best chance of success, make a resolution that you believe in and set your own personal goal. It could be as simple as taking that writing class you have been thinking about, or as complicated as following a new career path. Here is a good link to a great list of questions to ask yourself to help with this step. Some of the 30 questions in this link include:
What do you love doing that you aren’t doing?
What kind of life makes you jealous?
What is your cosmic elevator pitch?
If you were to leave the world today, what is your manifesto?
Happy New Year – Step 3
If you have decided to make a resolution, it’s now a great time to actually draw up a plan of action. If you have no action plan, the prognosis for success is not positive, even with all the good intentions in the world. Sometimes resolutions are difficult and complicated, and if this is the case, not having a starting place could lead to procrastination and confusion. So, do what you have to do to make your plan. Tell yourself how you will achieve this goal, write it down on paper, tell a friend your plans, create a dream board, or create an action board. Basically, find something that works for you.
If you decided not to make a resolution, that’s cool, sit back, relax, and do what truly makes you happy! But don’t forget, there are 364 others days to make a resolution this year. Keep dreaming and keep improving!
Happy New Year – Step 4
You can do it! Seriously though, the most important part is taking action to implement your plan. All the goal setting and planning in the world is useless without action. Be brave and jump. As Michael Jordan said,
“You miss all the shots you don’t take”
Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone, and all the best in 2014!
The Barefoot Golfer