New Year’s Eve- traditionally a time to make resolutions. Strategic phrasing and thinking will foster resolutions that are kept, rather than broken.
A successful resolution can be transformational, but must be realistic. Know who you are, where you are, and where you want to go. Make a resolution with achievable goals. Is it in harmony with your self image and beliefs? Do you have the resources to follow your plan? Resources include time and a support group. Identify all your resources, and modify your plan if it doesn’t seem realistic and achievable.
Approach your resolution with positive presumptions, so you will create the dispositions for success and confidence. If difficulties arise in pursuing your resolution after a few weeks or months, motivate yourself through playful curiosity, rather than judgment. Don’t ask “why,” or “what is wrong?” Instead ask positive questions, such as “what if” or “how could I…” As an alternative to persisting in a course that is not effective, experiment with a new path in pursuing your resolution.
Finally, distill your resolution to a single word or short phrase that is personally meaningful. Courage comes from the French word, “coeur,” which means “heart.” My New Year’s resolution, distilled into my unique phrase is “courage and trust.” What is yours?