The 5 obstacles to keeping #NewYear #Resolutions
I was just hearing somebody say today that New Year is a great time to make resolutions as the forces of nature work in harmony at this time to help us make beneficial changes in our lives. He also said that he had read somewhere that the month of January is named after a Roman God called Janus--the God of new beginnings and transitions who had two faces and could look at the future and the past at the same time. Thus January is a great month to review the past year and take steps to improve the present one.
As I was reviewing my own life and why I had not been able to accomplish my own goals in the past year, I came up with the following five obstacles that stood in my way of progress. I record them here not only for my own betterment but also for anyone who might benefit from it.
Whoever said that moods are our greatest enemies knew what he was talking about! As I review my past year, I realize that I haven't been able to do many things just because 'I was not feeling like it....' Usually when there is inspiration to do a thing, there is also so much energy and enthusiasm to do it but inspiration soon fades and then perseverance becomes necessary. It is easy to get discouraged and side-tracked from our true goals if we do not persevere. And to me perseverance is boring and if I don't see results happening fast or if I have to live the same kind of routine for days on end, I get into negative moods or mental ruts when I don't feel like doing anything.
I resolve to persevere without getting into negative moods and make my journey to progress enjoyable. I can make perseverance fun by doing some wholesome fun stuff everyday that lifts up my spirits and this enthusiasm can be directed towards working constructively to achieve my goals.
2. BAD HABITS
Ok, many times I have wanted to do constructive things like writing for my blog or learning to play the piano, but guess how I spent that time--day after day after day--looking at my iPhone, writing messages, answering e-mails, shopping sales!! Yes, I am completely addicted to my bad habits that do nothing for my soul progress and are a complete waste of time.
I resolve to switch off all external stimuli atleast an hour before going to bed and use that time for creative writing and introspection as well as go on regular iPhone fasts during the week--like not looking at the phone for half an hour or two hours or something like that!
Procrastination is so enjoyable but also such a great burden on the head that when one actually gets down to doing things, it maybe out of a feeling of guilt and not real enthusiasm. Oh, I procrastinate, all right, and I need to do something about it.
In this New Year, whatever I decide to do, I will do, no matter what, even if I myself stand in the way.
4. LACK OF HONEST INTROSPECTION
If I treat honest introspection as my friend who will help me to become what I want to be, I will not ignore this very important tool of progress in the New Year. I should not think of introspection as something that will break me or leave me discouraged but use it as a compass that guides my road to success.
5. LACK OF PROPER SCHEDULING
To be able to distinguish between urgent and important things and prioritizing life and doing those things first that are in harmony with our highest goals and aspirations, is an art worth mastering and something from which I can really benefit. I heard from a friend who runs a very successful business organization, that at the end of each day he jots down all the things that need to be done and the next day after a period of meditation, when the mind is calm, he makes his to-do list--the result is that he is always able to focus on those things that need to be done first.