The year progresses and quite naturally we forget about the New Year’s Resolution made way back in January. Whatever festive spirit willed us to make that commitment then is long gone now, and we wonder when exactly we began to lose interest.
It’s funny how often we make New Year’s Resolutions for things that we’d really rather not do. It’s as if we’re using them as excuses to get some unpleasant work done, or to punish ourselves for the shortcomings of the previous year. They almost always require giving something up.
We need to start thinking about New Years’ Resolutions as an opportunity for positive change that is also progressive. Give yourself something exciting this New Year’s Day instead of forcing yourself to lose weight, cut back on TV time or shop less. The key is to figure out what you are truly passionate about. What do you have a genuine interest in? Once you have pinpointed this passion, be it for Italian cooking or for learning 50 different ways to paint a tree, tailor your New Year’s Resolution to fit. Once you have resolved that “I will learn a new Italian dish every month” you are more likely to be successful in your resolution because your passion and genuine interest in the topic will sustain you throughout the year.
New Year’s Day is a time for change and often it is the time when most people experience a renewal of spirits as they look towards an entirely new year. Make use of this time by proactively resolving to pursue one of your passions. If done in a positive way, you will experience the satisfaction of succeeding in following through with you resolution while also having fun.