It’s almost halfway through January, and we all know what that means. Some of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions, some of us are still plugging away like dedicated soldiers, while others of us…well….there’s always next year, right?

Why does this happen? What is the difference between a resolution that lasts and a resolution that fails? A successful resolution will usually align with your top priorities, while an unsuccessful one will not. Obviously there are other factors, such as how realistic and achievable a goal really is, but there are still individuals who have accomplished what many deemed impossible. Why? Because they were determined; their goals matched up with their priorities, giving them purpose and a passion for what they were attempting to achieve.

Sometimes the failure or success of different resolutions can even reveal what our values are. For example, in previous years, the rather academically minded author of this blog has made a list of priorities, and attempted to match them up with goals for the new year. However, she (yes, I’m referring to my past self in third person) was mildly disappointed to find that it was only the goals related to academic achievement that came to fruition. Now, let us warp forward in time to our poor, disillusioned author in the present year of 2019…

Being a person of faith, I would like to believe that my relationship with God is my number one priority. However, the fact that I would set very small faith related goals, such a reading my bible on a daily basis, and fail (not just by a little bit folks, we’re talking about serious neglect here), while setting and fulfilling very high academic goals, shows what I really valued more. Upon further examination, I discovered that my aspirations of doing well in school was taking up much more of my life than was healthy, and resolved to take some remedial measures. The failure of my resolutions drove me to revolutionise my priorities, and so far I’ve been much more motivated to stick to my 2019 goals.

Struggling to keep your New Year’s resolutions may be a sign that they don’t match up with your priorities. If a resolution is really important to you, but you’re repeatedly unsuccessful in keeping it, maybe it’s time to reexamine what’s really important to you. So, what do you think, will 2019 be the year of the New Year’s Revolution?

Verity Bellerose

P.S. If you’re not the New Year’s resolution type, I’m sorry you have been grievously neglected in the post. The fact that you’re still here in this remote corner of the interwebz is really quite astounding, and I must offer my most profound thanks, as well as the hope that I can make it up to you in my next post.