Make a personal or family resolution and fulfill the promise

Make a personal or family resolution and fulfill

The countdown to the New Year has arrived and 2014 has made its debut. Did you make resolutions for the New Year? It is customary, as each New Year begins, to reflect on changes that one wants to make or changes that one needs to make.

The Cambridge dictionary defines a resolution as: a promise that you make to yourself; to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year. Making resolutions is a tradition that 45 percent of Americans make at the beginning of a new year, according to

Making a resolution is the first step. It is the easy part.  Did you know that only eight percent continue to make progress towards the success and achievement of a resolution? Many do not keep the promise of a resolution and are unable to achieve the goal for improvement.

There are a variety of resolutions that one can make, to achieve goals and show results, which equals self-improvement and success. Think back through 2013. Contemplate what you may want to change for the better.  What are your desires? Do you have a habit that you would like to change?  Set reasonable goals that can be achieved and are sustainable. Will you consider a professional career resolution or a personal resolution or even a family growth resolution? Make a resolution that is simple and attainable, a promise that you can fulfill and feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in, knowing that you are making a difference for the better.

You may want to consider setting an individual, personal objective as resolution for yourself.  Resolutions made as a family, that include all family members, are always a great way to encourage and support one another. Aiming towards and attaining personal intentions or achieving a family objective suggests a unified determination for success, along with a feeling of accomplishment.

Everyone is familiar with the following personal resolutions: lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, spend less; save more, be more organized, etc. Perhaps you may want to consider a refreshing resolution based on a theme, for the entire family. For example, think about a theme of mindfulness, of being present in the moment. Listen to one another. Unplug yourself from your electronic device. Multitasking and constant distractions affect the overall quality of life.

Another suggested theme, that brings a family together, is to read and write every day. Begin a new habit of reading together and enjoy the time spent with the kids reading. Write stories, poems, and letters together.  Everyone will benefit from new knowledge.

Another great family resolution is to consider the importance of the beauty of our earth. Take walks together. Explore, observe, learn and discover with each other. Plant a tree.  Plant flower seeds or even plan for a vegetable garden. Nature has so much to offer. Time spent with each other and a bountiful harvest of homegrown goodness will be the ultimate goal, if you and your family decide to make this resolution.

Once a decision is made about the intent and purpose of a resolution, the second step is to think about how the promise can be kept. How will you attain this goal? What is your plan? Consider posting the resolution in a prominent location as a reminder, such as on the refrigerator, on a display board, on a calendar or even on a bathroom mirror. Make a plan that clearly states the effort toward attaining the accomplishment.

Now it is time for action.  Build the momentum.  Begin with small steps. Drastic changes will equal failure. If you temporarily relapse, don’t be hard on yourself. Think about what led to the old, unwanted habits or the lack of achieving the set goal. Learn from setbacks and mistakes. Through adjustments, determination, and perseverance, changes can be made for you to continue on your way, to achieve your goal, with renewed enthusiasm.

Consider monthly checkpoints along the way, to reflect on the progress made toward your objective. Evaluate your improvement. Adjust if need be. Reward yourself for a job well done. Move forward with purpose, for more continued success, as you keep the promise of your resolution.

Time to usher in the New Year with a new beginning filled with aspirations, dreams and hopes. Make a personal or family resolution. Be true to yourself and fulfill the promise. Set attainable goals that you desire and can achieve. You can do it! Before you know it, you will celebrate success by arriving at your ultimate destination. Happy New Year.