My New Year Resolution last year was – “Not to wait till the next New Year to make any new resolutions”. If you want to know my actual adherence to this resolution, I did make a few resolutions during the year, of which the success ratio was satisfactory, though not excellent.
But what I really want to write about is the concept of ‘Resolutions’. In quite many cases, people use Resolutions more to flaunt them before friends, ‘try’ sticking to them for some months, weeks or days, and then get back to their old ways. I have a few friends who are so ‘determined’ to quit smoking that every year it forms a part of their Resolution. Then a few detox weeks later, they are back with their ‘sutta-breaks’.
Through this post, I do not intend to criticize the people who are not able to uphold their Resolutions, because this more or less happens with all of us. We do fall to the trap of Temptations (viz. unofficial antonym of Resolution). What I want to highlight here is that a Resolution should be a conscious and strong decision towards being a better individual. And such decisions can be taken at any time during the year, not necessarily waiting till the New Year or Birthday.
In this context, I remember an example which was given in an HR training in my previous company. It said – “To strengthen your mind, try starting with simple decisions like getting up early. On the first day, there will be two arguing voices in your mind; One saying – Get up, follow your decision. And other saying – it is more comfortable to sleep, so don’t get up. Every time you listen to the former voice, your determination will keep on becoming stronger. Once your mind is trained to curb these smaller temptations, the bigger ones will fall through.”
So, a resolution can be made not only be at the New Year but also during the New Year…