With the New Year in full force, I have consistently been seeing Resolution posts all over FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Honestly, I think it’s good to set goals and continue to build upon them. Though I’d love to be thinner, richer, and healthier, these things don’t happen without hard work. Just because we can say “This is what I want from this year,” it doesn’t mean it will lead to next year and on.
I’d love to think that people think further than a year into their future when setting goals. I mean, I most definitely do. Some might say I look a little too far into my future. It’s a personality flaw.. what can I say?
But, okay, you want to make a New Year’s Resolution. Why not focus on something bettering yourself as person. Sure, we can say we want to “look hotter,” but why not focus on being healthier? We can say I want to be richer, but why not make a goal to set a certain amount of money aside per day/week/month into a savings account. Not an astronomical amount, but enough to make a little bit of a difference. The best way to make goals and stick to them is by using specifics.
For example, though I choose to call them goals and not resolutions, my list for the next year (and beyond) is:
- Graduate with my BA (May 2014)
- Write at least one page 5 days a week on my novel.
- Learn a new language (At this point, it is set on Scots Gaelic)
- Read the Bible (As a English major, I find that this is my weakest point for analysis)
These are merely four things that I want to do with my life. Yes, I want to be healthier and stronger and fitter, but those goals are a minority to the development of my mind.
So, find a non-superficial part of you that you want to develop and go with it. Or, do a superficial part… I don’t judge.
The end result of every goal/year should simply be happiness. If you’re not entirely happy, don’t blame those around you. Look inside yourself and find what it is that is keeping you from happiness. Don’t attach yourself to someone simply to help mask the sadness, anger, etc. that you are feeling.
Find something within yourself that makes you feel alive. I know, I know… easier said than done. However, if you’re not truly happy with yourself, you will never be truly happy with someone else. Find your passion… find that one thing in life that sets your soul on fire and makes you want to work harder, learn more, and smile wider. It’s the simple things in life that are important. Never lose sight of that.
“Our lives are different from anybody else’s. That’s the exciting thing. Nobody in the universe can do what we’re doing.”
The Second Doctor, Tomb of the Cybermen