New Year’s resolution or commitment, that is the question I would like to pose our readers and wellness participants. So why is it that so many people do not accomplish or fulfill their New Year’s resolution? That is the question of the day. What do you think?
A resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not to do something; the act of finding an answer or solution to a problem.” Ask yourself, is that really what you mean or intend when you make a New Year’s resolution? The key word in the definition of this term is ACT. Do you make the resolution because you actually will act on what you promised, or is it more of a wish to accomplish something?
A commitment is defined as “a willingness to give your time and energy to something that you believe in, or a promise to do something; the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something.” We make commitments, but it is our character or the nature of our character that determines if we will truly honor that commitment. Right? The key words here are willingness and promise. Wow, very different than to act!
So perhaps the answer to the question of the day is that, when we make our New Year’s resolution, are we really just making a New Year’s commitment? Sometimes, where we go wrong, is that we think making a commitment is stronger then making a resolution. If we just take each statement alone, how do you feel about what it says to your heart?
- I am committed to do this or that!
- I am resolved to do this or that!
Hmm, which one really stands out as the stronger emotion in your own mind? What does this tell you about your years of experience with your own New Year’s resolutions?
I know you have one… Now go out and DO IT!
Yours in Real Life,