Are you ready to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions, or are they just wishful thinking?

Many people start the New Year by making resolutions. It’s an honorable tradition, though the sad reality is that many of those people will make the same resolutions next year. The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they are generally vague (“I will lose weight” or “I will get in shape”) and don’t specify how one will achieve the goal. The truth is that they usually amount to little more than wishful thinking.

The reality is that meaningful, lasting change takes time and a lot of hard work. It is a process, not an instant event. Perhaps you have heard the story of the man who watched a butterfly struggling to emerge from a small opening in its cocoon. The man saw how much difficulty the butterfly was having, and noticed that it seemed stuck, so he took a pair of scissors and carefully created a much larger opening. The butterfly soon emerged quite easily, but it had a large body and small, shriveled wings and could not fly. What the man did not realize is that the process of forcing its body through the tiny opening is what enables a butterfly to force fluid from its body into its wings and become capable of flight. His attempt to make life easier for the butterfly actually crippled it for life.

How often do we cripple ourselves in similar ways? We want change to be easy, and painless, so we do things like buy pills or powders that promise rapid weight loss without dieting or exercising. We look for quick fixes instead of long-term results. It is only when we are willing to do the hard work required to clarify our goals, make detailed plans to achieve them, actually execute those plans, and adapt the plans as needed until we succeed, that we can reasonably expect to see the results we desire.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? More importantly, what will you do to ensure that you actually achieve them?

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