As one calendar year ends and yet another begins, we all start with the best of intentions. And, honestly, what's not to like about starting fresh? We have what we view as a clean slate with 8,760 hours ahead of us to change the world, one day at a time.
Let's be honest with ourselves for a second though. As good as our intentions may be, how often do we truly follow through on our New Year's resolutions? I'm quite sure that there are many that have and do each year. I say kudos to those that have because those are the ones that have really committed to a goal. More often than not, however, we make resolutions and never quite follow through with myself being just as guilty as the next person.
It begs the question - Why do we make resolutions each year to begin with? Do we make them with the intention of following through on them or do we make them to make ourselves feel better?
I believe that people make resolutions because they want to better themselves and want to accomplish their goals. However, throughout our everyday lives it can certainly be difficult to accomplish those goals and it can certainly be easy to forget what they were in the first place.
The key is not to make a resolution, but to make a commitment. Whether it is a commitment to being a better spouse or parent, a commitment to improving your overall health or a commitment to becoming closer to God - if we truly commit to something in our heart and soul, it is much more likely that we accomplish what we set out to do.
As we close the book on one decade and open a new chapter with another, may 2011 bring us all happiness, health and a true commitment to our resolutions.