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New Year’s Recovery Resolutions – How To Accomplish Your Goals in 2018: Part One
This is part-one of a two-part series about making your New Year’s resolutions a reality.
Happy January! It’s hard to believe how fast 2017 flew by, but, ready or not; 2018 is upon us.
With the ringing in of the new year, many people look with hopeful enthusiasm as to what the next twelve months might bring. And, not surprisingly, hundreds of millions of people around the world kicked off 2018 with a list of New Year’s resolutions. Getting in better physical condition, saving money, quitting smoking, going back to school, and performing better at work are some of the most common.
What about you? Do you have any recovery resolutions this year? What are your plans for strengthening your recovery walk in 2018?
New Year’s resolutions are just a fancy, formal way of setting goals for the upcoming year. Of course, you don’t need to wait until the new year starts to set goals for yourself. Nevertheless, many people find that the new year is the optimal time to reflect on their lives, focus on areas where they want to improve, and set about accomplishing the goals they want to realize as they grow older.
There seems to be a sort of magical energy associated with the beginning of a calendar year. As the saying goes, “Out with the old and in with the new!” People feel a sense of renewal with the ushering in of a new year, as though anything is possible. There is a restored sense of hope that what didn’t happen last year is now suddenly possible. Perhaps this explains why so many people get so excited about New Year’s resolutions.
Unfortunately, most New Year’s resolutions quickly fall to the wayside after the newness of the year wears off and life as we know begins to take its familiar shape. Did you know that as much as 80 percent of all New Year’s resolutions are forgotten as early as February? In fact, research studies suggest that as few as eight percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually accomplish what they set out to do by the year’s end. This statistic is depressing, to say the least.
Nevertheless, this discouraging data should not prevent you from getting geared up for a productive, successful, and fruitful 2018. Despite what the statistics might say, you can make New Year’s recovery resolutions and stick to them. We want to show you how.
There are several reasons why people don’t end up accomplishing their New Year’s resolutions. The main reason is that accomplishing a goal – any goal, no matter how big or how small – requires work. It means you have to get out of your comfort zone.
You can’t simply make a New Year’s resolution to improve your recovery and hope that it will come true. There is no room for a passive attitude. You have to want it more than anything and you have to make it happen.
Read part-two of this series for some helpful tips about how to make your New Year’s recovery resolutions a reality.