Not Into New Year’s Resolutions? 7 Reasons to Change Your Mind
It’s that time again.
Whether you watch that sparkly ball in New York City drop or you ring in the New Year a different way, you have a choice to make: To make a New Year’s Resolution or not?
Even if you don’t call them “Resolutions,” you probably have some goals for your life that you’re working toward.
Here are some reasons why you SHOULD make a New Year’s Resolution or two this year.
1. They’re motivation to get things done.
When you look at your goals as concrete actions that you want to happen, you’re more likely to stick to them.
Writing them down can give you a visual to refer to when the path is tough and you need a reminder of why you’re working so hard.
2. They give you direction.
You won’t waste your time, energy, and resources on the things that don’t get you closer to your goals.
For example, if your New Year’s Resolution is to lead a healthier lifestyle and to do so means you need to lose 20 pounds, you won’t be as tempted by those cookies because you know that you know exactly what you’re working toward and you know the cookies won’t get you there.
3. They give you a purpose.
Having a solid reason for why you’re doing something helps you to stay on track.
It’s important that you know why you’re doing what you’re doing. In our weight loss example, getting healthier is your purpose and keeping that in mind keeps you from making choices that are contrary.
4. They make you feel good.
Being actively engaged in working toward a goal actually helps you to feel satisfaction and happiness.
5. They mark your progress.
As you work toward a goal, each step you accomplish along the way is an encouragement because you can see that you’re making headway. You’re improving and that makes you want to keep going.
6. The alternative isn’t good.
Where would your efforts be going if you didn’t have a goal in mind? Would you waste more time on tv, social media, or other pursuits that don’t have any lasting value?
7. They keep you connected.
When you and another person or group have a common goal, you’re building relationships that will offer support as you go.
The bottom line
You don’t have to call your goals for the new year a “Resolution,” but the idea is the same.
Working toward a purpose gives you direction and your progress keeps you motivated. You’ll feel a sense of satisfaction and happiness as you meet the goals you set for yourself.