A broader approach

I was never a fan of New Year’s resolutions. My thought was always, “Why wait until the new year to better yourself?” I see things a bit differently now. These resolutions people make are more of a sentiment rather than a set plan of actions. This sentiment of “I’m going to be better in the new year” is more therapeutic than anything. It gives us something to look forward to, and personally, that is one of the most important motivators in my life. I am always looking forward to something. The new year symbolizes action. Let’s face it — many resolutions are destined for failure. Shoot, most people should make a resolution to keep their resolutions!

This year, instead of trying to lose 20 pounds or quit smoking, just make a resolution to be happier. Everyone wants to be happier, right? A lot of goals fail because you don’t really want to do these things. Try a broader approach. Make a resolution to live a more meaningful life. Make a resolution to impact a person or group of people. I think you will find these broader resolutions will lead to smaller ones. Make a resolution to LIVE BETTER. Maybe you will feel so good about helping someone you will want to quit smoking or lose that 20 pounds. Maybe while trying to influence others, they will influence you in the process. When you wake up each morning and go to sleep each night, think about what you will do or what you did do to make yourself or others happier. This is living well, but for the sake of the season, you can call it a resolution.

Happy New Year!