If you’re considering making a New Year’s resolution, hold your horses.
Remember that a New Year’s resolution is really nothing more than the special holiday edition of the promises you make to yourself every day. Yes, a New Year’s resolution is a good intention with a bow on it.
A bold promise that’s prone to failure
Like all other good intentions, a New Year’s resolution is a promise to do something you’ve decided will make you a better person or improve your life in some way. But New Year’s resolutions often involve especially ambitious promises that are especially challenging to keep. As such, they are particularly prone to failure.
Comedian Joey Adams captured the sad truth about New Year’s resolutions when he offered this toast: “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!”
Tip the odds in your favor
So, what can you do to increase the chances that your New Year’s resolution will succeed?
The answer is simple: Treat your New Year’s resolution like you really should treat any other good intention.
Don’t make a promise without first doing due diligence and concluding that what you’re about to promise to do is not only worthwhile but realistically doable. And never ever make a New Year’s resolution without creating a proper plan for following through on it – a plan that (1) acknowledges the obstacles and the challenges you’re bound to face in keeping your promise, and (2) identifies the particular follow through strategies you’ll employ to make it to the finish line.
For help in positioning your next New Years resolution for success, please check out our Guides at https://followingthrough.org/tools/.
Happy New Year!