Why I Heart New Year's Resolutions

Is it just me or do New Year's Resolutions get a bad rap these days? It seems I can't scroll through any of my social media feeds without coming across an article telling me why resolutions are soooo last year. Honestly, I can't think of a single good reason why, except to make us feel better for not fulfilling them! So-to combat all the naysayers here is my top 5 list that cliché New Year's Resolutions are the dogs tuxedo!

5. How do you expect to measure success if you don't set a goal?

This one's easy-think about how you measure professional success. Odds are you have a dream position and a plan to get yourself there. Each forward step you take gets you closer to where you want to be. What's wrong with measuring our personal lives by the same standard? It only makes sense that we set personal goals and celebrate the success of each step on the ladder to reaching them. A New Year's Resolution can be a great way to measure how we are stacking up against the person we want to be, and identify the next steps we want to take!

4. Identifying areas we need to improve is a good thing. 

Sometimes we need to take a good honest look at ourselves and decide what we like and what we don't like. Maybe you love your networking ability but you aren't happy with that third helping of ice cream and your compelling urge to watch reality tv. Using your New Year's Resolutions to identify and improve an area of your life can only be positive!

3. Failure is an even better thing-at least if we approach it with the right attitude. 

This one is probably my favourite reason, mostly because a fear of failure is one of the hardest things I have had to overcome (and am still working on). Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of listening to Manon Rhéaume-the only woman to play in the NHL-speak on finding success through failure. This was a game changer for me. Choosing to accept responsibility for failure and using it to improve and eventually achieve greater success is probably the best advice anyone could give. This is what sets apart the true achievers: so set a resolution. If you fail-and you just might-then choose to learn from it! Work harder and set that same resolution again. You can achieve anything you set your mind to-maybe just not the first time!

2. Achieving a goal is the best feeling. 

Enough said?

1. A definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. 

Think about that for a minute. If we don't set goals and resolutions then how will we get to where we want to be in life? Okay-feel free to ignore this if you have already achieved everything you desire and don't need to improve anything in your life-consider me jealous. For the rest of us mortals, there is usually at least one aspect we can improve. Are you savings challenged? Could your health be better? Could personal relationships improve? If we continue to do what isn't working then how on a earth do we figure out what will?

To sum it up-set that resolution! There is nothing wrong with aspiring to better things for a new year. After all, isn't that what the excitement of New Year's Eve is all about? The hope for a better year, a different (and best) version of yourself and your life?  The dream that anything could happen?

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