“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.” -Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Happy 2016! It’s that time after the holidays where we emerge from our ugly sweaters and renounce all of our holiday indulgences, making zealous declarations to lose weight, eat healthier, save more, learn something new… “New year, new you,” right? Well, it’s easy to make a new year’s resolution, but often we find ourselves struggling to keep it after January when things start getting difficult and life gets in the way. We should take this opportunity to seriously ask ourselves: “What do I want to accomplish this year? Who do I want to be? What can I do to be happier?'” We need to set goals to give us direction and drive us forward.
The most commonly used definition of the word “resolution,” and how we understand it as part of the phrase “new year’s resolution” is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” It is a commitment, a pledge, a promise. But, interestingly, the word resolution comes from the latin word resolutio(n-), from re (expressing intensive force) + solvere, which means “loosen, release.” I think the origin of the word reveals more about how we should think about our new year’s resolutions. They’re not simply decisions to change. Something is letting go, subsiding, healing. Maybe it means that the previous year is loosening its grip, releasing tension, intensively throwing us into the next…(ready or not, here it comes.)
And it’s actually here already. Not the Starting-Over, but The Continuation. January 1st is not a re-set button, nor should it be seen as one. The worries and mistakes of 2015 have not been erased, but will be let go. Release any negativity, but never forget how it affected you, so that halfway through your new year’s resolutions, you’ll remember why you can’t give up.
Here are some tips that can help you stick to your resolution:
Remember that new year’s resolutions are a journey. Build on last year’s accomplishments and re-build from the failures. Wishing you all much love, happiness and success in the new year.
By: Tracy L. Nieradka