A new year is upon us, and with this change in time, comes the making of New Year's resolutions. Often times, these statements of our commitments are not kept but a short time.
Even if there is a risk of failure to commit on a long term basis, it is important to enter into the process of making resolutions. Then one may work on ways to keep the resolution(s).
Generally I go for health resolutions. Many, and I am one of them, decide to go for a weight loss resolution. In 2013, I was pretty successful. Even if no weight is lost, this commitment opens the door to healthy eating. And with this, comes the need to exercise on a regular basis.
As one ages, health resolutions are vital to the plan of remaining active and vibrant.
Other resolutions that may be important include: keeping healthy emotionally, and having a strong spiritual life. Fostering good health habits such as stopping smoking, reducing stress on a daily basis, having more "me" time, and putting time management skills in place, lead to a more structured and happier life, tend to balance our emotions, and thereby promote a healthier life.
Reading the Bible daily, setting aside time for frequent prayer or meditation, going to church services, are all good ways to foster a better spirituality.
And what about keeping the resolutions once made? What works for one person may not for another, but there are some general principles to keep in mind: repetition of a practice daily over a period of say a month, reinforces the habit and makes the habit more likely to remain as a daily practice. Setting realistic goals is necessary, too high an expectation does not work, it will not be kept, and neither will too weak or small a resolution. In the case of the latter, one tends to lose interest over time.
Setting spending limits or the practice of keeping to a budget, is for me, a necessary resolution. True, I don't always follow-up as I could, but making the resolution increases my resolve and makes me more aware of my spending habits.
So, today is New Year's eve, besides celebrating, let us also make a few New Year's resolutions.