The holidays are over and we’re heading into a brand new year.

A blank slate – 365 days of possibilities. This is the time of year when people make resolutions – to better themselves and their lives – stay fit/healthy, lose weight, enjoy life to the fullest, spend less/save more or spend more time with family and friends. The problem with resolutions is that old habits die hard. Most people keep their resolutions for a month or so – then they fall off track – usually it’s because they don’t have the time but the list of excuses is long.

Maybe we need to take a new approach to resolutions.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

What do I mean by that? Let me explain.

Holidays are hard for some. Especially for those of us in the service industry. All we do is work harder than we ever do all year in a short time. On top of all that work, we have to try to keep our normal routines, like going to the gym, family time and personal relationships. It’s an extremely stressful time. Oh and I forgot shopping for gifts and Christmas parties. I feel like what ends up happening is that we are pushed to a limit that is hard to maintain, because we lose our way. We become like robots going through the motions and we don’t want to let anyone down. Especially let them see you sweat.

Oh no.

We can’t break down and show weakness. We must survive.

It’s only until the end of the month.

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So this brings us to New Year’s Eve and the big bash. Our emotions are running wild. Our goals and dreams of the past year are now right in front of us to look at. Like when we get our report card in school at the end of the year. There’s no hiding, there’s no excuses and there’s nothing we can do to change at that moment what has happened. We can only look back and reflect.

So this brings me back to resolutions.

How can we not make them?

It doesn’t have to be just one.

It can’t be just one.

It has to be a thought and a plan.

There’s so many levels and layers in our lives. Health, family, business, hobbies and relationships. We must want to improve on them, because if we don’t, it’s like we’ve giving up or we are accepting what has happened in the last year as what’s right. And that’s ok, if we are happy with the results. So we are left to decide. What do we change, what do we keep and what do we remove all together. These are resolutions.

In my opinion. Everyone should be doing this, because life is worth it. Our lives are worth it. No ones life is perfect. The pursuit of happiness is what life is about.

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If we are not making resolutions. We are giving up on that pursuit.

I hope you understand my point and take from it what you need. It’s only an opinion and I wish I was really good at practicing what I preach.

Ah. There you are, another resolution to add to my list.

I love you all and I hope all your dreams and wishes come true. Now go and do something about it.

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