'Everyone should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.' -- Henry Ward Beecher
As an adult I've usually enjoyed New Year's more than Christmas. The last day of the year hands everyone a gift - 365 days of potential and possibilities. Before you is a field of snow, pristine, without footfall. It's up to you to take the first step, make your mark, and blaze a trail thru uncharted territory.
Consider what you want out of this fresh new year. That's what resolutions are, actually. You make a compact with yourself - 'I resolve to accomplish this, to achieve that, to change, to improve.' Goals, challenges, targets... it's all the same, really. THIS is what I want, THIS is where I want to be, THIS is my destination.
I tend to see resolutions (goals) more as waymarkers, though. It's not a finish line, as such. Just like climbing steps or passing the one-mile, two-mile, ten-mile signposts, you are marking the distance on your journey. The first thing to do, then, is choose your waymarkers.
Break your resolution (goal) into smaller units. You want to lose fifty pounds, so set waypoints at ten-pound intervals. Size 22 to size 12? Plan the interim goals of 20, 18, 16, 14.
Each of these steps will be an achievement in itself, and as success builds on success, you will be moving ever closer to your goal - and thereby fulfilling the resolution you make today.
If 'I want to--' is one-half of the equation, the other half is 'And in exchange I am willing to--' More choices: what are you willing to do in order to achieve the resolutions (goals) you've lined up for yourself?
If your goal is to walk 30 minutes each day, in exchange you might choose from:
1) Waking up a half-hour earlier.
2) Retiring a half-hour later.
3) Foregoing a sitcom.
4) Cutting a half-hour off computer time.
...and so on. Some of your 'exchanges' might consist of learning (reading nutritional panels), of trial-and-error (can I substitute this for that?), or plain ol' sweat (I can't cut calories any farther from my meal plan so I need to burn more calories with exercise).
The trick is, do you want your resolutions (goals) enough to work for them? Because Life isn't going to hand you the accomplishment - it will only hand you the tools to reach the accomplishment. Where you go from there is up to you.
Seize the year!