Well, before you make your resolutions (which I don't see any problems with, by the way), think about this: if you want to be successful, then BUILD UP rather than BLAST OFF.
When you BLAST OFF, that means you want to reach your goals right away and would do all sorts of crazy things to get there. But when you blast off, you will burn out quickly, and when March comes, you would have forgotten what your resolutions were.
When you BUILD UP, that means you want to reach your goals little by little, step by step. For instance, I have a resolution. I want to reach HALF of it by June, and the other half by next December. So when December 2016 comes, I hope to have reached my goal.
I believe in BUILDING UP, doing things slowly yet doing them the right way. If we could learn to be patient and to take small steps at a time, then we would build a strong foundation that won't be so easily moved.
People who blast off will fail. They go hard, but they will quit before they even realize it. People who build up, however, could reach a goal and not realize it. Why? Because they didn't let that resolution be the number one thing in their lives. They lived their normal life while building up on the side. All of this building up led to great accomplishments, but these accomplishments came in quietly. Instead of spending everyday chasing after this one thing, this one thing crept up on them -- and finally, they realized that they have comfortably reached their destination.
Whatever you want to accomplish, you need to start low and slow. Don't reach so high. Focus on one step at a time and give yourself a lot of time to accomplish this goal. Don't try to reach for the stars by next month. Give yourself some time so you could do things right.
It's better to reach your goal (and far exceed that goal) within a long time frame than to hit PART of your goal (and go no further) within a short time frame. It's better to get there LATE and have everything that you've worked for, then to get there EARLY and only have a little of what you've worked for.
- It's better to lose 20 lbs in 6 months and keep losing weight afterwards, than it is to lose only 10 lbs in one week and then lose no more.
- It's better to make $3,000 in 4 months and still making more afterwards, than it is to make $1,000 in one month and then make nothing more afterwards.
- It's better to learn one language fluently in 3 years, than to learn that language in 6 months but only know just enough to have limited conversations.
Yes, you want to get something NOW, but wouldn't you rather do it RIGHT than to get it RIGHT NOW? Be willing to wait. Just take your time. If you're going to chase after something, it's more important to do it properly than to do it quickly. If there are opportunities to accelerate your goals, by all means take them. Otherwise, just treat your goals like a farmer: plant your seeds, take care of them, and harvest the fruits when the time is right.
Don't crash and burn with your resolutions. If you want to be successful this next year, then focus on doing things RIGHT rather than doing them FAST.