New Year’s resolutions… That has to be one of the prime clichés, right? Ah, of course, there is an even bigger cliché: the resolution that remains unfulfilled year on year.
That doesn’t mean that it’s silly to take resolutions. It is better to have a goal and fail than not to have one.
Of course, if you’re going to make a resolution, better to try and create conditions that give you some chance of fulfilling it. These conditions are not always obvious, and they certainly will not be the same for everyone.
I knew a girl who made her New Year’s decisions not at the end of the year like everyone else, but on her birthday. For her, that was when the year began. I thought it was a deliciously egocentric attitude, but if it worked for her, who am I to argue?
That’s not to say that you’ll find similar success, but who knows? You might. I wrote my resolutions on a pocket notepad a couple of days ago while waiting for a friend at a café. At the time I didn’t even think of them as New Year’s resolutions, I was just thinking about things I would like to do / change. But then I became aware that it was December. A year is a convenient span of time to measure goals, so why not?
Truth be told, it is difficult to gain practice in something that you only do once a year. If you only write your objectives once a year, it follows that you won’t achieve them. You probably don’t even have a good idea of what is achievable.
So now is a good time to start practicing for the end of the year. And then in January, that might be a good time to review them! And so on…