Many people believe that there’s nothing new about a new year, that’s partly true as it’s a somewhat a continuation of the previous year, and nothing in seclusion. However, a new year means new 365 days, a better chance to start afresh with new 365 opportunities in one’s hand.
Resolutions are plannings and firm decisions made. Many would agree that resolutions are easily made than kept, and also quite easily broken at times, may be because it turns out as an added burden, or may be because it exceeds beyond a certain number or one’s calibre to keep them.
January observes people working out in gyms, only to see the gyms evacuated by february or march. Based on these instances, I think that making resolutions shouldn’t be a compulsion. One shouldn’t be harsh on oneself by sticking to a strict regime. But, instead a few flexible plans can be made which may serve the short term goals.
New Year’s Resolutions:
Here’s the 6 R’s that I’ll be following as my new year’s resolutions. Readers can follow this too.
1) Read- Reading is one of the best things to do every year. Reading helps to open the mind locks. My profession demands alot of reading and studying, so the best resolution could be to dedicate maximum time to reading and studying. It will help to explore new facts, datas, contents, subjects, stories, etc.
2) Recycle- A fresh start could mean a good time to recycle clothes, books, pens, sketch pens, key rings, many other things that can be given to the poor and needy. There are so many things that just lie uselessly in cupboards, somewhere someone might just be needing them. It’s the right time to recycle things so that others can use them.
3) Recreation- “All work no play makes Jack a dull boy.” So, the best plan could be, to work hard but not party harder, instead to work hard and hobby harder by compensating work with hobbies. Engaging in recreational activities with family should be on the top of the priority list, and also making time for simple little hobbies.
4) Resolve- A year is too short to live with regrets and grudges. It’s good to resolve any kind of dispute that may arise, if any, by forgiving others. It’s important to maintain peace, the only way is by forgiving. A rich person is, one who has a peaceful mind, one who can sleep peacefully knowing that he or she hasn’t harmed anyone.
5) Relive- The best plan should be, not to stick to any plan, to just go with the flow of life, to stop chasing or running after life, instead to start reliving by accepting whatever life offers, to start living and reliving life in various unique ways. Reliving a simple positive life, a life away from any kind of negativity.
6) Rediscover- Each year brings along new situations, new circumstances, new learning experiences, thus giving a chance to rediscover and improve oneself. Rediscovering should always be an on-going process, and one should continue rediscovering oneself by finding newer traits, on this journey called life.
A few things to keep in mind while planning a new year’s resolution :
This is specially for those who find it difficult to keep resolutions, and often end up breaking resolutions, here’s my advice to readers-
- Keep it very simple.
- Start with lesser number of goals.
- Focus on short term goals.
- Learn to prioritise.
- Avoid excessive planning.
- Think about long term goals.
- Plan on ways of self-motivation.
- Keep the plan quite flexible.
- Think of ways to keep going.
- Try hard before quitting.
In real life, things never follow any definite plan, but still having a plan or a draft is better than a blank folder. A plan helps to prioritize and focus on what’s important, check if the goals are met, and on the whole helps to keep a track on life events. Even if any plan goes wrong, just go with the flow of life, it’ll surely help to survive and suffice.
This writing piece of mine, was part of a collaboration with a purpose, the topic being- “New year’s resolutions.”
8 collaborators, from different countries of the world, participated in this writing event. Do read their take on the same topic:
- Barb Caffrey (“So, if you believe in any sort of Higher Power, one of the things you need to remember is to forgive yourself once in a while.”)
- Divyang Shah (“If someone don’t speak much, don’t interpret as a dumb, their mind must be working on something big or may be he is a writer.”)
- Ipuna Black (“None of us are perfect or come from perfect backgrounds, but this doesn’t mean we can’t aim for a positive and fulfilling life.”)
- Jane Love (“People who have a genuine say and a true voice of their own not just an echo of some celebrity they think they love.”)
- Mylene C. Orillo (“Where I’m at right now is a testament that ‘Dreams really do come true.”)
- Sadaf Siddiqi (“The best thing about memories, is one doesn’t realise they are making memories but once recorded, it just rewinds and takes one back to the beautiful series of life.”)
- Sonyo Estavillo (“I am here to champion anyone from the successful and confident folks, to those that are clinically depressed.”)
- Nicolle K (“Success, for me, is when I spend my days feeling happy, peaceful, fulfilled and without fear of lack.”)