Forget ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, Begin New ‘LIFE’ Resolutions

December 28, 2023

by Travis Wright

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What is a New Life Resolution? How is it different from a New Year’s Resolution?

Well, an internet friend, Saymorre, posted a comment on one of my articles the other day, saying “Good luck Travis. I too am embarking on what I call New Life Resolutions, because New Years Resolutions are… in my words… for wussies!”

This was the first time that I had heard the term, New Life Resolution. Doing a google search, I notice only 98 other times has this term been uttered online. But, WHAT IS A NEW LIFE RESOLUTION?

It’s a complete change of thinking, a new way of living. New Year’s Resolutions seem to only last a month or two, whereas a New Life Resolution can be life altering. You decide what you want, and you go for it. It’s the conquest of the goal of something better for your life.

You have to improve, you MUST improve. It is not a ‘wish I could change’, but a ‘I MUST Change.’

Why do most New Year’s Resolutions fail? A survey conducted by the Gail Kasper consulting group, a leading speaking and coaching company, found that Americans aren’t taking their futures very seriously.

Specifically, 51% of those surveyed do not have New Year’s resolutions. To the contrary, 99% of respondents felt they were capable of accomplishing more in their lives.

So the question remains: Why aren’t we doing something about it?

The survey which was complete by a random group of 104 adults over 18 years of age, also asked respondents to identify the biggest issue that prevents them from achieving their New Years Resolutions or goals. The top 3 reasons identified were as follows:

* Procrastinating 33%
* Lack of discipline 24%
* No game plan 19%

Interestingly enough, 10% of individuals felt the biggest issue that prevents them from achieving their New Year’s Resolutions or goals was “doing it alone.”

Survey also finds that only 9% of Americans are serious about achieving their goals. 51% don’t have New Year’s Resolutions and of those that do, 79% don’t have a plan to achieve them.

So, we don’t have a plan to achieve our goals. Why is that? Do we not wish to accomplish anything? To achieve anything in life, we must visualize the outcome, believe that its reality is achieveable, and make effort to ensure its reality.

It would be a great idea to work with a New Life Resolution support group. Where can you find one? Well, ask a friend or family member who may wish for the same New Life and work together. Two minds or more are better than one. Having someone to bounce ideas off of will certainly keep you on track and help you make progress. Keep each other accountable.

If you do not get yourself an offline support group, look online to find a cyber support group to help keep you moving in the right direction.

Schedule a sit-down with yourself. It is crucial that you know you. And to really know you, you have to learn about where you think you are gonna be a few years from now. Where do you WANT to be. If what you are currently doing, is not moving you towards your ultimate goals, then obviously adjustments need to be made.

Define the values in your life. I used to listen to Tony Robbins a bunch back in the day. A great thinker. And he always stresses defining your life’s values and what is most important to you.

List Your Values

If I asked you to make a list of your top ten values in life, to write them in precise order of importance, I’d be willing to bet that only 1 in 10,000 could do it. But if you don’t know the answer to this question, how can you make clear decisions at all? How can you make choices that you know in the long term will meet your deepest emotional needs? It’s hard to hit a target when you don’t know what it is. Knowing your values is critical to being able to live them.

— Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

When an airplane flies from LAX to Honululu Airport… it is offtrack the majority of the way. However, with the planes itinerary [goal], instrumentation [knowledge tools], and air traffic control [support system]… the plane is always able to reach its destination. By implementing some strategies similar to this, this will allow you to become more productive and move forward more quickly on your life’s goals.

You MUST write down your goals. This is crucial… if you write it down, it seems more important to your subconscious mind. Now, once you write it down. Read it daily. This get the subconscious mind working for you and doing everything it can, 24 hours a day to ensure that this important goal is realized. Get the Subconscious on your team. Write it down.

Get yourself a daily planner/tracking system to help you organize these new goals, and your progress on them. You will be encouraged to see the progress and strides that you have made in your new life.

I would request some accountability to all of those who have just read these words. Take 5 minutes away from the computer, and visualize what it is you really want for yourself. What kind of person do you wish to be? What would you like to obtain in this life? Who would you like to have a positive effect on? What new habits do you have to incorporate? How much would you like to weigh? How much do you wish to earn? How do you see yourself within 5 years?

So, I ask the readers to then comment this article and give us some inspiration on how you intend to create a new life for yourself. Forget the 1-2 month Resolutions, and resolve to evolve with a New Life for yourself. It will be the best decision that you could ever make for you and those you love.

Much Love-

Travis Wright


3 Responses to “Forget ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, Begin New ‘LIFE’ Resolutions”

  1. Lyman Reed on December 28th, 2006 8:41 am

    Great article, Travis… I’m personally not going to be setting New Year’s resolutions this year. Every day it seems that I’m realizing more and more that today is the only day I can live, not after the calendar rolls over. So why would I wait for that to happen, when I can start building the life I want now?

    Thanks for the food for thought.

  2. Josh Bickford on December 28th, 2006 6:07 pm

    This is great. You’ve written a great article!

    I’m getting ready to put my new goals for 07, and my new 5 and 10 year goals together as well, I need to put some of this stuff to good use. And I love new life resolutions…….that’s great.

  3. Saymorre on December 30th, 2006 11:33 am

    Excellent article as usual. Shoot me an email sometime, so we can discuss somethings. My lovely PocketPC won’t let me find an email address for ya. Thnx say.morre@yahoo

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