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New Year Resolutions

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New year resolutions are universal. Another new year, many resolutions... The fundamental question is do we really need such resolutions? The answer would be a partial yes ie we need 'resolutions' but not 'new year resolutions as such', I would say.

If you want to do something new or change direction or stop something you consider yourself to be unacceptable, then one don't have to look for a new year to put this into practice. You can start doing it at the very moment you have decided to take that resolution. So its better to have an attitude of 'now or never' rather than 'new-year or never'.

A lot of people think at 23:59 on December 31 (in their own respective 'time-zones', waiting for the count down for new year), that "this year is going to be different". I am going to stop this, I am going to start that, I will do this , wont do that etc"..But by January 2nd they would have taken a few off the list and by the end of January most would have disappeared and its back to square 1.

Most of the popular resolutions are regarding weight (loosing or gaining), Quitting smoking/ less alcohol, studying something new, waking up early, more exercise, saving money, studying regularly, reducing debt, time keeping etc. However, more than 80% would have dumped the list into the rubbish bin in a few days.

Its always better to set realistic goals. The person himself or her self would know deep in their mind whats achievable and what aren't. Therefore set measurable goals; for example 'I would reduce this much weight (1-2 pounds/ kilos) in this much time' and take one step at a time to achieve this. Some people may need constant support and encouragement from their dear and near to achieve these goals.

The most important aspect is how we can self inspect,reflect and revisit on these life style changes. ie if you go back to a past resolution that is unfulfilled, that will often make you disheartened. A better approach would be to act on the same resolution in a new way. This doesn't have to wait till a particular day like new year or beginning of a month but start this moment itself..Be confident, show (yourself and the world) what you are capable of and you will be amazed by the result. Imagine and visualize this positive feeling in your mind and slowly and steadily work towards the goal.

So my new year resolution is not have a new year resolution list, but achieve my realistic goals, one step at a time with dedication, determination, persistence and optimism....

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New Year Resolutions


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