New Year Resolutions Are Not For You

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It’s that time again when we make our resolutions.

What are yours?

To lose weight, exercise more, avoid toxic people, learn to dance?

So why are such resolutions mostly a waste of time? There are two reasons.

  1. They are self-focused. Anything that is about the ego is an exercise in diminishing returns. It leaves one empty and looking for more. Remember that our commitment to success at any cost prevents us from hearing what the heart is really saying.
  2. They are not designed to inspire. New year resolutions are often not based on powerful behavior change practices nor life-inspiring principles. Wishing for something alone does not make it happen. Identifying and implementing best practices for behavior change is a more prudent path to follow. And getting to one’s inspirational edge changes lives. Ours and others.

So instead of resolutions try focusing on

What makes a contribution to the lives of others?

What brings out the best in your character?

What utilizes your strengths?

What sets the bar of living high for you?

What facilitates living in the now?

May you have a purpose filled New Year.

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About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)
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7 Responses to New Year Resolutions Are Not For You

  1. Stan klein says:

    Really valuable observations about New Years resolutions. Thank you. I’m still going to resolve to loose weight.

  2. Karen says:

    Guess I’ll re-think Jenny Craig, that new gym in town, and the salsa class…..thanks for the reality check!

  3. Pingback: Not just another New Year’s resolution post! | Real Learning, for a Change

  4. Happy New Year. Your blogs are so inspirational and timely. I am giving an art demo on 1/21/14 entitled, ” A New Year’s No Resolution” , Art Journaling. You have given me additional fodder for my demo. Thanks again. M

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