A Humble Plea to Set New Years Resolutions

Christopher Balkaran
4 min readJan 3, 2020
Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash

In 2019, I thought to set New Years Resolutions for the first time in my 30+ year life. I don’t know why particularly, but I was stumbling through life with no real plan. After all, I was the leader of my own life and I wanted the year ahead to be better than the last. What ‘better’ meant probably resonates with many: save more money, go out more, reduce the waistline. You know, the ones we usually give up on by February.

But, to be specific in how to achieve each one? Ouf. I had no clue. Work more hours on the job? Exercise daily? See friends every weekend? How could I actually achieve these broad goals if I didn’t have a game plan? I mean, you don’t start out on a venture without having some idea of where you want to go, right?

New Years Resolutions can be this game plan. Unfortunately, they are typically met with the ‘ah, you’ll probably give up by February’. And I believe that’s because we haven’t been specific in our Resolutions. Figuring out the HOW will be important to keeping, or at least working towards your goals.

Let’s figure out the How.

Set a Broad Goal and Make it Actionable.

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Christopher Balkaran

Christopher is a firm believer in balanced political discourse, which can lead to a better world. Creator of the Strong and Free Podcast.