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I do it.  You probably do it.  Many people do it.  New Year’s resolutions seem to be the norm in the culture that we live.  And what’s wrong with a resolution?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  The problem, if you want to call it that, is that many of us make the resolutions and then watch them fizzle out after only a few weeks.  We have grand plans, but they quickly fall by the wayside.  So what can we do?  Well, for today’s post, I’d like to offer three suggestions for our consideration as we make those New Year’s Resolutions.

Be Sincere.  If you are not making a sincere resolution, then why are you wasting your time?  The change that you would like to make should come from your heart.  If so, you will be compelled to see it through.  Spend time thinking it through and come up with plans that you’d sincerely like to act on.  Consider the reason for the change, the end result of the change, and the process to get you to its conclusion.  If you are willing to subject yourself to those rigors that may be involved, then you are probably sincere about making it a resolution.

Be committed.  This could probably go hand in hand with sincerity.  Even so, it is really the by-product of being sincere.  A commitment requires time and effort.  So, if you’re sincere about making a change, then you’ve considered the rigors that are involved (part of being sincere) and you are willing to make a commitment that will likely require time and sacrifice.  Once again, commitment is a by-product of sincerity.

Finally, be selfless.  Yes, you read that right…be selfless.  Why should we be selfless in making a New Year’s resolution, especially when those resolutions usually revolve around us?  I agree that it may not make much sense, but when you consider making changes that will benefit others it will start making sense.  Consider for a moment that when you have others in mind, it will likely lead you to a greater sense of sincerity, and that greater sense of sincerity will most likely cause you to be a bit more committed.  Is the resolution health related?  If so, are you wanting to be more healthy so that you can be around for your family?  Do you want to miss out on their life because of your obsessive eating or lack of exercise?  If not, then you are using selfless thinking as a motivation for your resolution.  This type of selfless motivation can also be used in other ways, as well.  Do you want to get your finances in order so that you can be more benevolent?  Can you gain a promotion in order to help get others recognized?  Can you spend more time honing your coaching skills so that your team will be better served?  Get the idea??  When we are selfless in setting our New Year’s resolutions, then we may possibly find that we are more sincere and committed.

How about you?  Do you have any advice for making New Year’s resolutions?  Do you agree with my three considerations?  If so, how about dropping a few tips in the comments sections.

Happy New Year!