New Year and Resolutions

New Year is the time of the year when freshness enters our daily lives from every corner. The beginning of the year inspires us to renew our thoughts and/or activities or start from the scratch. A lot of us make resolutions – for healthy lifestyle, efficient work habits, better social life or improve any other personal aspect or quality of life.

It is always better to make resolutions than to not make at all. But with the resolutions in mind, if we do not try to accomplish them, we will not only be deprived of the end results, but also make fool of our will power. The consequence of drained resolution is more damaging as it promotes our incapability to fulfill our personal goals and disbelief in ourselves. Thus, it is very important to choose what we really need to work on and define the steps that we need to take to meet the goal(s). The resolution should be simple and concrete rather than vague. For example, instead of setting a cryptic resolution of improving overall health, one can promise to eat some fruits each day, drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, or exercise at least 20 minutes 5 days a week, etc. One should have a way to remind their resolutions to themselves almost every day, one simple way would be printed reminder in a most visited area.

The main reason to break a promise is to have a lot of them. It is therefore important not to have more than 3 primary goals. It is always difficult in the beginning of the year as we are pushing ourselves to an unfavorable and/or unwanted scenario or activities. We should encourage ourselves thinking of the beautiful end result. A lot of energy, time and thought are invested on those activities, hence the resolutions should be chosen based on feasibility and careful and serious thought. Sri Sri Thakur Anukulchandra says fulfilling promises increases our self-esteem and trust whereas the opposite will make us weak and untrustworthy. Hence, he advises us to consciously choose what we promise and not to retract as much as possible.

However, if for any reason, we could not keep the resolution for the day, it is always good to have something as penalty so that we become more aware of the promise that we made to ourselves. For example, if our resolution is to avoid sugary drinks like Coke or Pepsi, and if we drink purposefully or un-purposefully, we could exercise 30 minutes or eat 2 apples the next day as a form of healthy punishment. This will help us remember our resolution next time.

Here are some examples of the resolutions that we can choose from as starters per our necessities:-

  • Drinking 8 glasses of water every day
  • Reading at least 15 minutes every day
  • Waking up before 6.00 am every weekday
  • Exercising at least 15-30 minutes every day
  • Eating at least  1 fruit every day
  • Restricting TV time to no more than 30 minutes every weekday
  • Helping someone (in any form) at least once a week
  • Brushing teeth every night
  • Talking to a friend at least once a week
  • Giving up on packaged junk food like chips or candy.
  • Giving up carbonated/sugary drinks like Coke or Pepsi.

Some of us have already implemented few or all of the above mentioned points, which is fantastic. However, we might still have a few personal goals which we have been procrastinating to fulfill for long time. Now is the time to give up our procrastination and/or laziness and do it for ourselves once and for all. Our body and time are precious to us and people who love us. The dawn of the year is about to come, let us start the new beginning for us  the right way so that we can spend the year in a gratifying and satisfying way. Happy New Year 2014!