July 1st is the beginning of many things. It is the beginning of a new month, it is beginning of the summer holidays period and so on. Most importantly it is the beginning of the last six months of the year. That’s right, six months have passed since we raised our glasses for the beginning of 2016. If everything went the way we plan it in our heads than today the 2016 plans should be half done. Depending on the type of plans this seems reasonable seeing that you had 183 days to do half of the plan. Even more reasonable when we’re reminded of the fact that 2016 is a leap year, thus our new year’s resolutions an extra day to come true.
Let’s flash back to the realistic world. In the realistic world there are always factors that come into play that, sorry to be rude, mess with your plan. Are those factors the reason why the plan is not a halfway point? Or even worse not even started? I don’t think that is true. I think the factor that is of great importance is the fact that people tend to wait for clear starting points. Clear starting points such as a Monday, the first of the month or a new year, while in the meantime not effectively using the time in between, which is a total shame because that is time of life that will never come back. Even worse is when we get off track for a minute and then again say we’ll wait till a new clear starting point, which again causes time loss.
The above all assumes that there was a plan for 2016. I know for certain that not everyone believes in New Year’s resolutions. A significant amount of people I’ve talked to said they don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions because they are only kept till 31st of January and then slowly forgotten or neglected therefore making resolutions pointless. They do however believe in making a general global list of things they would like to see accomplished somewhere in 2016. The keyword is somewhere. It means that in the 366 days given in 2016 they would like to accomplish their list, however it does come down to same concept. The concept of making a firm decision to do something. Whether that is a time based plan or a global list it is still a resolution.
Haven’t made a plan for your year but you would still like to? You can find out how here. It’s never too late.
As I’m typing this I’m coming to understand what the misconception about resolutions is. A resolution seems to imply a big decision to change, mostly because they are made at New Years. The thing is to make a resolution simply means ‘’to make a firm decision to do something’’. This means that it is possible to make a resolution everyday and everyone actually does. For example a simple decision as deciding to go out to dinner is a resolution because it is a firm decision to do something. Even deciding to stay in bed all day is a resolution. Seeing that we are making small resolutions left and right why do we need to wait with supposedly bigger ones till a clear starting point? Does it have something to do with the impact of the resolution on our lives?
To be continued.