I have never really enjoyed New Year’s Eve. There were not many that were too enjoyable for me. I was also never much for New Years resolutions, either. For many, it leads to failure and disappointment. Rather than one day a year, I have a daily resolution, which allows me to focus on the now.
I truly believe that if things aren’t going the way you want, it is up to each of us to manifest the changes that are needed to affect those things we can control. That can only happen when change begins within. I tell my 11-year-old son the same thing before he takes the ice for a hockey game. I ask him which two things he can control no matter how the game goes, and he responds “effort and attitude.” What he hasn’t realized yet is that it’s not just a hockey or a sports mantra. It can and will work for every aspect of his life: sports, school, work, friendship, marriage, etc.
So, what is my daily resolution? To be a better father, husband, brother, son, and friend than I was yesterday. To do that, it begins within myself. Every day I wake up, I am given the opportunity to enjoy another day of my life. I’m human, so I know I fail at something every day. But I pray for forgiveness and try to be better the next one.
Isn’t that what most New Year resolutions are, anyway? Changes that we want to accomplish? Well, why wait for January 1st to start? I understand we probably have long-term goals as well, but what you do today will probably affect that, too. My point is that we all need to take ownership of who we are and if we don’t like it, then we have the power to change it. Change can be quite difficult for many of us to tread, especially if we are alone. But I believe it is possible for everyone.
So, if you are like me and didn’t make some grand resolution a few weeks ago, try my idea. Heck, try it anyway. You are your own critic, so be honest with yourself. But if you expect changes to occur, remember changes begin within.