Welcome 2015! A new year, a fresh start. To this very day, most people make a list of New Year’s resolutions, and yet most of us always seem to fall into the same trap of breaking these promises as the year goes on.
I thought about what seems to be the most popular vows people often commit to themselves—a list of resolutions that often remain unfulfilled or halfmet year in and year out.
First on the New Year’s list is financial discipline. We can almost all hear personal financial guru Suze Orman at the back of our minds every day of our lives: “A big part of financial freedom is having your heart and mind free from worry about the whatifs of life.”
I suppose that the one valuable lesson that most people weren’t really taught in school is the merit of saving for the future and securing one’s retirement.
So many women are confessed Rebecca Bloomwoods, the hilarious yet embarrassing character in Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, who fails at keeping a budget and falls deep in credit card debt. If only we can develop the mindset of saving early on or even in a piggy bank, then most people would have financial freedom and security.
The second resolution most people are guilty of breaking most is keeping a healthy and sustainable weight loss and fitness program. From Paleo, Cohen, Atkins, to whatever faddish diet program there is, losing unwanted pounds is a tough vow to make and one so easily broken. Keeping fit and healthy is also such a challenge for those who plan to quit smoking. I’ve often wondered why the tandem of health and fitness is such a hard promise to make, and the easiest to come up with excuses when we fail to do so. For marathoners and crossfit aficionados, I can only say bravo indeed!
The third New Year’s vow halfmet is the pursuit of a hobby or one’s passion even late in life. Whether it’s art, music, hairstyling, or even dressmaking, grab the chance to do it while you can. For some, the need to pursue new ventures may even involve the need for a major career shift.
Understandably so, taking risks and imagining an alternative life plan is a daunting prospect; and hence, some people “grin and bear it” no matter how agonizing the workplace or one’s coworkers might be. The notion of career burnout is a fact that we go through in our working lives. Indeed, the sabbatical leave is a perk that those in the academe are most fortunate to have. Going on a leave from work is a luxury that a secure job brings, and with any luck, that job security is matched with a sense of job fulfillment and selfworth.
For those in a bit of career quandary though, this New Year might just be a good time to reappraise career goals and disappointments. So, if you have that work leave coming soon, take it and spend some time with family and friends, or take it simply as a time for some introspection. After all, you might just feel more appreciative of what your job offers after a muchneeded break, despite the slight aggravations your workplace might bring.
The New Year always casts the perfect time to take stock of what one has achieved or lived through in the last 365 days—whether it’s weight loss, career plans, or managing one’s finances. If you’re positive enough though, recalling the memories and counting badges earned should make you feel all the more grateful and appreciative. For some, who may have hurdled tough times in their personal and professional lives the last year, hopefully 2015 will give you a renewed sense of hope and faith.
Although persistence and commitment are awfully arduous to keep, there’s always another 365 days to prove the contrary. So, start writing those resolutions and muster bravado yet again.
Have a happy and blessed New Year everyone!