| SARA ERNEST
What does it take to capitalize on the most wonderful time of the year? Arguments could be made that the most important element is desire: desire to keep building on the improvements we’ve made in the past year or desire to change overall. It can be either of those forms of desire or another form altogether different, but desire is key.
I would posit that a resolution is the most important piece of the puzzle to change and take advantage of the new beginnings of a new year. They are the most important piece because they are what we use to hold ourselves accountable. We have to identify what our goals are in order to meet them.
Sometimes it seems that people over-think resolutions. I think that’s why there are so many people who scoff at them, sneer at them or get overwhelmed by them. Let’s take a second to simplify the New Year’s resolution; it’s just a goal that we write down at the end of the year to implement in the next. That’s not so scary, is it?
I know, you guys are probably still saying, “But that’s the whole point! It’s a big change at the beginning of the year, and if I mess it up, my year is ruined.”
"Maybe if we started looking at resolutions a little differently, say as just a step on the path to self-improvement, they would not seem so out of reach and frightening."
The past four years have been dedicated to a lot of personal growth. I came to understand that if I wanted to continue my growth, I owed it to myself to change my stance on these pesky little lists of changes I wanted to make.
Did I meet all the goals I set for myself? Heck, no. That’s kind of the point of life though, right? We are given this opportunity at the beginning of every year to evaluate where we stand and set new goals for ourselves to continue improving.
I’m not saying that everyone who reads this column should change their stance and adopt my way of thinking. It would be pretty awesome to know I had that much power, but I digress. As discussed in my back-to-school column, we should be learning, growing and improving every day. Not only do I think it’s necessary for us to do this, but I think we all deserve nothing less.
Maybe if we started looking at resolutions a little differently, say as just a step on the path to self-improvement, they would not seem so out of reach and frightening. Personal change and enlightenment is a journey; the New Year’s resolution is just the first step. With that being said, I’ll leave you with some ancient and seasoned words of wisdom: even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Take a step. It could change your life.