Resolutions – Yay or Nay?

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The end of the year is quickly approaching, and while you may be busy getting ready for the upcoming holidays, 2020 is also on the horizon.

The end of one year and the beginning of a new year is always a time for reflection. It’s the ideal time to look back on what you accomplished in 2019 and look forward to the new year. It’s also the time of year when people often talk about making resolutions.

Some people love the idea of making resolutions as they ring in the new year. Others think resolutions are a waste of time. But there are definitely some pros and cons when it comes to making resolutions.

Pros: Let’s start with the “pros” when it comes to making some resolutions for the new year:

  • Sense of Purpose: A resolution is a “firm decision to do something or not to do something,” and in doing so, you’re really creating a sense of purpose. Whether it be to lose weight, stop complaining, look for a new job, or any other resolution you may come up with – it can provide you with a definitive goal.
  • Motivation: Have you been putting something off? Or do you lack motivation? Making a resolution in 2020 can help improve your motivation to get it done. When you commit to your resolution and strive to obtain consistency, you’ll find that motivation comes easily.
  • Accomplishment: When you complete a project at work or even when you finish a good book, how do you feel? Do you feel a sense of accomplishment? You should. After all, you’ve completed what you set out to do. The same goes for resolutions. When you obtain your goal, you’ll feel that sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with completing a task.

Cons: Now onto the “cons” of making resolutions:

  • Set You Up for Failure: Depending on your personality, a resolution can set you up for failure. For example, if the beginning of the new year is not necessarily a motivational factor for you, you can find yourself procrastinating on your goal. In turn, as the days and weeks pass by, and you find your goal getting harder to obtain, you may think that failure is all you have left. (In reality, you could modify and adjust your goal – and work from there.)
  • Bring Up Negative Emotions: If you’re making a resolution that’s extremely personal in nature, for example, losing weight, you can find that establishing this goal brings forth a whole host of negative emotions – which aren’t helpful or productive. (Don’t let yourself get mired in the negative emotions you may be feeling related to your resolution. Instead, be proud that you want to take steps to accomplish something.)
  • Leave You Feeling Disappointed: Finally, if the resolution is not achieved, you could be left feeling disappointed – especially if it was a lofty goal. (But as discussed above, learn to modify and adjust your goal before failure becomes your only option. Additionally, learn to love the progress you make – even if the goal is never obtained fully.)

Whether you are a “yay” for resolutions or a “nay,” you can always use the coming of the new year as a time to reflect on accomplishments and look forward to the year ahead. Self-reflection may be one of the best things you can do as a means of taking steps forward in whatever you want to accomplish.

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