New Year, new life! Many of us surely had a big bang last holiday season. Some may say that it’s because of the variety of delicious foods and alcoholic beverages served on the dining table. Others may well tell that it’s about the traditional 13 round fruits on a basket and the colorful fireworks. But the celebration of New Year won’t be the happiest and most memorable ever without recognizing the general idea of it, which is to come up with a list of New Year’s resolution and make changes in life.
Historically, the practice of making New Year’s resolutions may be traced back to 153 B.C. when Roman Senate placed Janus, a mythical god, at the head of the Roman calendar. Janus had two faces – one which looked to the past and the other looking to the future. The Romans offered gifts of branches from sacred trees for good fortune and made promises to Janus, hoping that the mythical king would help them achieve their goals and bless them the whole year. Janus eventually gave his name to the first month of the year, January.
With that fact, New Year’s resolution for me is simply to have positive changes in my life. It is also a way for me to forget the bad habits in the previous year and to start something new. I have lots of New Year’s resolution actually but I prefer not to put those things here because I know my classmates would do it and so I want to be different. But I’m just wondering why do we tend to be unsuccessful even when we make New Year’s resolution each year? Why are we not able to achieve our goals even when we have already set them? Why do we just concentrate on making resolutions rather than trying to fulfill them? Why cannot we actually get the desired results which should come from the New Year’s resolutions? Why do we become so sluggish and return to the previous routines despite that we have certain New Year’s resolutions? Simply we are not really dedicated and committed in making those resolutions. However, if we are sincere to anything we want to work out and we have the firm devotion to make changes, nothing is impossible.
For 2012, a global survey identified the following top five resolutions: Be financially savvy, read at least one book a month, eat properly, get enough sleep, and keep a journal of awesome moments. Other popular resolutions include improvement in health, finances and career; stress reduction; time management; and travel. Here in the Philippines, the most common resolutions are: Live healthier, work harder, study more, do exercise, give up vices, especially drinking and smoking, be punctual, spend more time with family, and be a better individual. Nevertheless, whatever or how many New Year’s resolutions we have, it’s the action that counts.
Just like what Peter Drucker once said, “The problem in my life and other people’s lives is not the absence of knowing what to do, but the absence of doing it.” We have all the things that we need to succeed, but we need a path to get through the obstacles to our success. This idea from Drucker reminds us that in everything we do or anything we plan to do, we must set goals within ourselves in order to have an end in mind. Furthermore, we become fully determined in drafting plans but when it comes to execution, we are not very interested. Some might disagree but it is true. Accept it or not, whenever we fail in achieving something in life, we become disappointed. Beyond doubt, success makes one happy while failure makes one sad. If we need to fulfill New Year’s resolutions, we will have to be serious and devoted. The basic purpose of New Year’s resolutions is that we have certain aims and objectives which we will try to achieve during the New Year, However for that to happen; we will need to work hard throughout the year along with the consistency because it is the key to permanent success. If you do so, no one can stop you from becoming successful in life. And always remember that ACTION speaks louder than WORDS.
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