Here we are again approaching the beginning of another new year.
For many people, the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one brings out the need to set one or more resolutions to enhance or improve the quality of their life in some way.
Often, this arises out of some dissatisfaction with some aspect of one’s life; or, the simple recognition that one’s potential has yet to be realized. An inner voice is saying that change is needed. And so, the New year’s resolutions are made. Yet again.
Resolution is a great word. In the context of a New Year’s resolution, it means (or should mean) having the resolve or determination or willfulness to effectuate some positive change in one’s life.
Resolution can also mean the solution to some problem, conflict or dispute. Interpersonal conflict is a fact of life and can arise at any time, in organizations or in personal relationships. Even more stressful is intrapersonal conflict which is the internal conflict a person has between values, ideals, thoughts, emotions, actions and the real life actualities or results in one’s life.
And, resolution can also be used to denote clarity, as in the resolution of a computer monitor or TV screen. The greater the resolution, the clearer the picture.
Putting aside the observation that any day can be the day when one resolves to make positive change in one’s life, I’d like to address how to be successful at making and keeping those New Years resolutions.
The urge to make that New Year’s resolution comes from an inner conflict between your ideal version of self and the perceived reality you are experiencing. For example, you would like to be fit, but experience yourself as being out of shape, so you decide to commit to getting fit. In an attempt to resolve this inner conflict, you resolve to commit to a fitness regime and join a gym or fitness club.
Every January, fitness clubs see a surge in new memberships. By March, attendance falls back to the baseline of committed regulars. Apparently, good intentions are only good for 90 days.
How many New Year’s resolutions have you made and failed to follow through on? Be honest. How many?
Let me tell you why you have failed to follow through on that initial resolve and, more importantly, how to ensure that you can finally resolve the inner conflicts that urge you to make changes.
You need a clearer picture! Yes, you need a high definition resolution.
If you do not have a clearly and distinctly defined destination, the chances of getting there are less than 50/50.
The bottom line is that if you cannot clearly define exactly what it is that you desire, then you should not even hope to expect any level of success with those New Year’s wishy-washy resolutions.
Create the picture of your ideal. Refine it. Define it pixel by pixel. Affirm it neuron by neuron until it looks as clear as reality. Only then can it become your reality.
Step one is to create that clear, distinct picture in your mind. Then, get passionate about it. Passion is the driving force that turns the ideal into the real. Then, and only then, will you resolve that inner conflict about not living up to your potential.
Idealize. Create a high definition resolution. Then, realize the actuality.
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