This Time I Mean It
A Sensible Approach to Achieving New Year’s Resolutions
The end of one year and the beginning of another has always been a time for reflecting on all that has taken place during the prior year and for looking forward to the coming year. It is a time when we ponder adjustments and make determinations for the New Year ahead.
Poet Edith Lovejoy Pierce said this about New Year’s: We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity, and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
Over time, I’ve learned what each New Year brings depends to a great deal upon what I bring to the New Year. Read that again, and let it sink in. Over time, I’ve learned what each New Year brings depends to a great deal upon what I bring to the New Year. Like many others, I make resolutions for each New Year, and I’m going to show you how you can make them and stand a better chance of keeping them.
Write Them Down
Writing your resolutions down is critical. Why? Because making promises to one’s self means we are thinking about achieving some important objectives.
What’s more, research indicates that people who make explicit resolutions and write them down are more successful in attaining their stated goals, compared to those who merely think about goals. That’s because once something is written down, it becomes tangible, and we are less likely to forget about it.
Experience has taught me that to keep my resolutions, they must be important to me, be realistic and be achievable.
Following—in no particular order—are my top resolutions for 2017. In making your resolutions, include more specifics wherever you can.
- Continue to learn and develop new skills.
- Keep learning about and taking advantage of new technologies to make trucking easier, safer and more productive.
- Strive to be more of a professional in all that I do.
- Be more positive, look on the bright side and don’t get caught up in negativity, disappointment and failure that are, after all, a part of life.
- Be more open minded to the ideas and suggestions of others.
- Do not take things for granted.
- Get more organized and better manage my time.
- Pay greater attention to my health and wellness.
- Spend more quality time with family and friends.
- Do more volunteering and mentoring.
- Genuinely enjoy life more.
Use Your Experience
Many years ago, my dear father told me: The end of a year is not an end or a beginning. Rather, it is going forward with the wisdom and intelligence that comes from experience. May you do well in keeping your New Year’s resolutions, whatever they may be. Best wishes for a 2017 filled with only good things, especially health, happiness and contentment.