It will not be long until we
hear “Have you made a New Year’s Resolution yet?” It is likely to be part conversation and part
to remind us that the New Year is all but here.
As likely as not it will be a
resolution will be about health and fitness, having more family time, getting
out of debt and retirement plans later in the year. It will be a promise that you make to
yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year. The
resolutions that I like are those are those made when you finally realise that
tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. This usually occurs after you recognise that
we are not here on earth now for practise – this is as good as it will get, and
everything is not your father’s or mother’s fault. It is called growing up but some never seem
to do so. A New Year is not needed to
initiate planning and action: it can start straight away. Wishes and hopes are no substitute for
resolutions and commitment to action.
Don’t waste a day of your life.
Associate yourself with achievers, with “lifters” not “leaners”.
We are told that there are ancient religious
origins to the custom. For example the
Babylonians made promises to their Yaois at the
start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their
debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to
the god Janus, for whom the month of January is
named. There are other religious
parallels to this tradition. It is
usually about self improvement.
However, we are told that a UK
study in 2007 involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who make New Year
resolutions fail despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were
confident of success at the when the resolution was made. I wonder how many failed goals were hopes and
wishes rather than Resolutions of Resolve.
Making a New Year’s Resolution,
in a management sense, is goal setting.
Commendable! The success or
otherwise will depend to a large extent on establishing enabling measurers to
achieve the goal. For example for a
successful weight loss resolution you would expect the person to have a good knowledge
of low fat nutritious food, scales to measure food quantities, scales to
measure body weight and a record of body weight. Without this monitoring it would become all
too hard to pursue.
To break an addiction to Credit
Cards, financial strategies need to be adopted.
The holder needs to know what is available to be spent on consumables in
a period and carry this amount of cash for purchases leaving the credit card at
home. Use a Debit Card, not a Credit
Card if a purchase on ebay or has to be made or over the telephone.
If the Resolution is to have
more friends or getting on with people better, more will have to be done than
trolling the internet and joining a club for example. There is a need to “look at yourself in a
mirror”. If you see someone full of hate
and anger, somebody who is all too “precious”, their lot will be unlikely to be
improved by the Resolution.
The thing to remember is that
you cannot keep doing the same old things year after year and expect the
outcomes to be different no matter how many New Year Resolutions are made.