New year, fresh start. Have you already made a list of your New Year’s resolution?

New Year is a traditional time to make resolutions. The goal of this is to follow the list of changes you want to make to improve yourself and your surroundings as well. Resolutions are basically promises to oneself, and like promises, you either keep them or break them. That is to say, you are either successful in keeping your plans, or you are not and you go back to your old habits.

In my personal experience, I have been making my list of resolutions since I was 12 years old. But out of a hundred of them, I only did a few. Suddenly I realize that it is not good. I’ve been wasting so many chances to change and been breaking a lot of promises over and over again. Yes, I treat the word “promise” as a big word. I have been making promises to myself yet I haven’t been a promise keeper all this time.

A sign of keeping a promise.

But the good news is there’s still a chance. Now, I’m trying to put things in perspective. I will never do the same mistakes again. I will treat things as if it is my last chance to do them all. And most importantly, I will make attainable goals so that it will really be accomplished. This year, I listed down my top ten promises to myself.

  1. I am not going to be too emotional. I promise not to be too happy go lucky and at the same time, crybaby. 
  2. I am going to study well, not hard. “Aim for excellence, not success.” –from the movie Three Idiots. I promise to graduate this year. 
  3. I am not going to lose contact with my friends anymore. I promise to always keep in touch with them especially my close ones.

    My greatest friends ever!

  4. I am going to talk to God more often. I promise to thank him every single day of my life for the blessings he has given me. 
  5. I am not going to be such a pain in the head to my father and brothers. I promise to give them my diploma and treat them with my first job salary this year.

    My brothers.

  6. I am going to start earning money for myself. I promise to keep them for the rainy days. 
  7. I am going to do my best not to be late in every appointment I will attend. I promise to be always on time. 
  8. I am going to whole-heartedly do my duties and responsibilities. I promise to be a more responsible individual. 
  9. I am going to be productive. I promise to always finish what I have started. 
  10. I am going to be stronger in facing problems in all aspects. I promise not to give up, and fight. 

These are my promises to myself. Some are big, some are petty but I do believe that I can do all these things this year. New Year means new chance to change old bad habits into new and good habits.

If you’re going to make one too, take your time. List it down carefully and sincerely, because if it comes from your heart, there is willingness to achieve the goals you want to reach. Don’t think of it as a waste of time. Make this year different for yourself. Most importantly, when making one, remember the letters CCP — Chance, Change, and Promise.

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