With the new year right around the corner, it is a common to be asked “What is your New Year’s resolution?” It is also just as common for many resolutions to be left to wayside by February 1st, with the thought “I already failed, why bother?”
Try something new this year. Make a choice, at ANY moment, and you can be working towards a goal of yours. Any goal, whether a New Year’s resolution, a personal goal, or a work goal simply requires us to make a choice to act on that goal, and to follow through. Even if we get off track at some point, we can choose to get back on track and head towards our goal once again. It takes just a moment to act. The key to achieving any goal is choosing to act, and taking that action in the present moment.
This technique can be used to make the changes we want to see in our lives, whether it is working towards a New Year’s resolution, a personal goal, or a work goal. If we desire better relationships with family, we can choose to act and make an effort to improve those relationships by making regular phone calls, or visiting relatives. If we want to achieve a work goal, we can choose to act towards that goal by becoming more proactive at work, or participating in trainings and obtaining additional certifications. If we want to improve our health, we can schedule physicals, exercise, or make healthier food choices. It only requires a moment of choice and action. Each moment presents us with a new opportunity to work towards one of our goals. It comes down to following through with our choice, one moment at a time.
Karen Rosian, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist