Out with the old, welcome the new!

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“Good resolutions are like babies crying in church. They should be carried out immediately.”
— Charles M. Sheldon

Life’s beautiful, always demanding a change. A change for the better. Year after year, many of us make many promises to ourselves but seldom do we look back and see how much we achieved. I am sure most of us even forget about them within a month. The New Year is an opportunity to refocus on aspects in our lives that need a little extra attention. If you haven’t started working on your resolutions as yet, you had better start now as time waits for none. Here are some tips that can help you keep up with your resolutions.

At the present time, resolutions seem to focus more around weight loss, diets and materialistic goals than those related to happier and healthier living, both within and outside. A resolution is nothing but a commitment to our own self. It brings discipline to our life: self-discipline. How helpful is being self-disciplined? It is a difficult task but not as difficult as we think it to be. It’s just moulding ourselves to a new situation and adapting as fast as we can to the new environment.

Don’t let your resolutions fizzle out like soda and be back on the same old routine. Why make a resolution at all when we actually cannot abide by it? Make only those resolutions that are realistically applicable to you and not what others want of you. What does that mean? It means, only you can be the judge of whether the goals you set are realistic enough for yourself — you just have to be honest.

Honesty pays towards the end. Being disciplined and honest with yourself will help you achieve things your way. Sometimes, you need to be brutally honest with yourself in order to achieve your goal, no matter how hard you have to work for it. This year, instead of feeling sad that you failed at achieving the resolutions you made last year — look at the New Year as a new opportunity to improve your life, clear out the cobwebs and get rid of all that holds you back from achieving what you want in life. Delete all negativity and look at the positive side of life.

Resolutions are best kept for self-change and self-change gets realized once you see that what you did in the year gone by did not benefit you. Re-check what went wrong, make a resolution and start anew.

Making your resolutions following these guidelines will actually begin to make you feel happier from within and boost your self-confidence to achieve higher goals in life.

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Dr Lucy Gabriel Chattopadhyay
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Dr Lucy Gabriel Chattopadhyay is a visiting faculty at several universities, tuning voices and coaching young minds on leadership, journalism and communication.