• Natasha Paramasamy

The Power of Resolutions

New Years Resolutions are an important way of trying new things and getting back into more healthy routines. The promise of the new year motivates us to try better in our efforts of self-care and personal growth. According to Forbes, the most popular New Year’s resolutions are about self-improvement (living healthier 23% of people, getting happy 21%, losing weight 20%, exercising 7%, stopping smoking 5%, reducing drinking 2%). In addition, people resolve to meet career or job goals (16%) and improve their relationships (11%). But how do we make sure that these resolutions turn into habits, prompting brand new resolutions for the next year?

The first thing to remember is, to be honest with yourself. Have the courage to assess your current situation and challenge areas where you are not happy. The most important goal in all of this is your happiness. How can you ensure that you are living life to your best potential?

It is hard to challenge ourselves in these areas, as sometimes we can be quite oblivious to the things or people that disrupt our overall health and happiness. Before making resolutions, have an inner reflection session with yourself to evaluate what you want and what makes you happy. Sometimes new years isn’t always new beginnings, it can also mean closing chapters of your life that have come to an end. You may come to realisations that some things in your life do not deserve to be there.

Making New Year’s resolutions is inherently hopeful. You expect things can get better for you, for your work experience or your community. This positive view of the future, in turn, tends to motivate action. You may feel more motivated to complete that project at work or to develop more working relationships and establish progression.

Resolutions do not just have to be limited to the New Year either. Of course ‘new year, new start’ gives us that extra nudge to make resolutions, but this can happen any time of the year. You may feel motivated overnight, or over a few weeks. It may take you waking up one day and telling yourself that you want to make an immediate change, and thus create those resolutions. Familiarising yourself with failure also is key to making changes in your life. We all make resolutions and most of us fail at it. Failure, however, is what makes us great. We fail, and our goal becomes more clear and desirable. We see where we go wrong and we amend that. What do we do better this time? How do we go about it?

Resolutions have the power to motivate us and can be a powerful tool, but to reach their full effect, you need to be comfortable within yourself. You need to know your body and mind to be able to make healthy goals. Take some time to reflect on what you need to change, and remember- resolutions can be made at any time of the year.