The Virtuous Woman

New Year, New Perspective! states that 45% of Americans set New Year’s resolutions every year.  It also states that only 8% of the same people actually keep their resolutions. Now is the time of year when the commitment to said resolutions begin to dwindle down.  In the past, I have been one of those Americans that did not commit to the resolutions that I made for myself.  However, as I have gotten older and gained more wisdom, I have been able to fully commit to my resolutions and see them to fruition. Here’s a few tips on how to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions this year:

1. Instead of joining the hoop-la and excitement of “New Year’s Resolutions”, create obtainable goals after reviewing the goals achieved in the previous year.  Being realistic about your goals and measuring them to ensure that they are obtainable will help you not only achieve the goal but it will also give you the confidence to expand the goal next year.

2. Celebrate and review the goals from the previous year. Start the new year with a positive aspect and confidence about who you are.  Admire your accomplishments, even if you only achieved 1 of your goals.  The worst thing you can do is start the new year with negative feelings of despair and disappointment.  A new year=a fresh start.

3. Forgive yourself for any mishaps or failures.  Don’t linger in the despair of lost opportunities, failures, or goals unmet.  This will only set you up for negative thinking and emotions which are not emotionally healthy nor will this state of mind help you in future endeavors.

4. Surround yourself with positive, trendsetting, and accomplished people.  This can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself as you reach for your goals.  Success is contagious when you and the people in your corner have healthy self-esteems… meaning you are confident enough to have accountable relationships without competitive or jealous attitudes towards one another.  From your Pastors, and neighbors to your friends and families, inspiration for success is all around you.

5.  DO NOT judge success on materialistic and financial gains alone.  Although these gains are needed and add pleasure to our lives, they are not the sum total measure of a person’s success. It is very disturbing to me that Webster’s dictionary defines success as the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.  These are the pursuit of happiness for most Americans and unfortunately there is no balance given to this definition of success., therefore these pursuits alone can leave people with a ravenous appetite for money(or the appearance of money), power, and popularity.  I find this definition of success to be incomplete.  Be careful in allowing the pursuit of money to define your happiness.  As you create your goals define and measure success based your own standards of success, including goals for your income and other material pursuits with sound judgment.

Hopefully these tips will give you a little encouragement and direction as you pursue your New Years resolutions.

Happy 2015

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