New Years AchievementsThe end of a year brings different thoughts to different people. To some, the thought of New Years Resolutions; to others, thoughts of reflections. We hope you enjoy our inspirational thought on New Years Achievements and you find words of wisdom throughout.
Thought For The Day
New Years Achievements
By Catherine Pulsifer, © 2008
The New Year symbolizes the ending of one year and the beginning of yet another. We celebrate this event, yet it is only a moment in time, like any other day.
As Hamilton Wright Mabie said, "New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights."
Many of us set resolutions only to be disappointed by not achieving them. Why do New Years Resolutions fail?
Mainly, because they are only a statement, or what we wish for in the coming year. There are usually no action plans, no deadlines, no back up plans.
I was recently reading an article in our local paper that discussed not setting New Years Resolutions, but rather acknowledging your achievements of the past year. These thoughts reminded me of a quote by Ellen Goodman: "We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."
You may recognize some of the common resolutions: help others more; getting out of debt; lose weight, enjoy life more; spend more time with family; quit smoking or drinking; organization of home or office; get fit; learn something new; get a better job.
Looking at the common resolutions acknowledge the things you have done. After the holidays are over then you may want to look at setting your goals for the coming year.
When setting your goals, don't forget to develop your action plans with deadlines.
The art of setting goals properly so that you are in a good position to achieve them is to not only write your goals down but to include each action that you need to take to accomplish your goal. One thing to do is to sit with another person after you have finished this step and let someone who has no knowledge of what you want to accomplish read each step. The reason is this: if someone else reads the steps and does not really know what to do or is confused, then you have a good indication that your steps are not complete.
The next step is to set a specific date for each of these action steps. This is critical because you want to create a sense of urgency in order to move forward. The more progress you can make within a short period of time the better. It is this momentum that you want to keep so you actually see tangible proof that your plan is working.
You will accomplish so much more if you just enjoy the New Years, recognize your success rather than setting a resolution that you may never achieve. Celebrate New Years with a new beginning
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