Let's think about resolutions: resolving to change things that will make us a better person, give us a better life, make the world a better place.... you get the idea.
Where do we start? Off the cuff changes that just suffice to say that we have made some? Those changes that you think you should make because it would be good for your health? Or because it's what you think someone else would like to hear?
What about real, meaningful changes, those that link to your core self, link into your values and beliefs? Can they be achieved by making a promise on just one day?
A resolution is a statement of change, it only becomes real when it is actioned. We can only action a change when we really know what it is we want to change and what we want to achieve by changing it.
Some of those changes will be quite simple to commit to and action, such as giving up smoking for health and money saving, will power and resources such as NRT, will point you in the right direction. But what about things such as a new career? More thought will be needed about why, ow and what to do, especially if you are unsure of what you want to do.
So, in this coming week, apply some thought to the things you would like to change, and why. Write a list, look through them, prioritise them. Cross out any that you know are only there because you think you ought to. Think of one reason why you want to change each of them. Revisit the list several times and look at which ones are short term achievements, and which are long term changes.
In next weeks blog, we will look at these changes more deeply, we will begin to understand them before we begin to action them.