New Year’s Resolutions - An Opportunity for Growth and Self-Discipline

As New Year’s Eve approaches, most Americans are deciding on their chosen resolution for the coming year. Many will make the mistake of setting an unrealistic goal for themselves, while others will not put forth the required effort and self-discipline required to accomplish their resolution. Now that you are in recovery, you should take advantage of the opportunity for growth and self-improvement offered in the tradition of New Year’s resolutions by setting realistic goals for yourself and following through with them.

A common mistake people make when setting a New Year’s resolution is overreaching when deciding on a goal. You need to decide on a resolution which involves actions entirely within your control, so while quitting smoking is an excellent New Year’s resolution getting married is not. Be realistic when you are deciding on a resolution as well - you do not want to set yourself up for failure by setting an unattainable goal. Rather than resolving to have a million dollars in the bank by year’s end, commit to growing your business in the new year. Framing your resolution in a realistic context will go a long way towards your succeeding in your goals.

The other major obstacle standing between you and success with your resolution is a lack of self-discipline. While it is true we are powerless over our addictions, we are not powerless over our actions and decisions in sobriety. Your higher power has blessed you with a restoration of your free will, it is now up to you to discipline yourself and adhere to your resolutions. Those who demonstrate a mastery over their actions, able to resist the temptations of instant gratification and instead invest their time and effort towards future rewards are always more successful than those who give in to their base urges and temptations of the present. New Year’s resolutions offer you the opportunity to practice self-discipline as you resist the temptation to give in to the call of instant gratification, sticking to the sacrifice required to achieve your goal. The effort invested will make the reward that much sweeter when it is finally achieved!

2021 is just around the corner, and with a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. In our active addiction we were ill-prepared to make a commitment for self-improvement and follow through with it, but now that we are living in sobriety this opportunity for growth and development is not one we should pass up. Your higher power has freed you from the bonds of addiction and restored your freedom of choice, now you should prove to yourself that you are strong enough to wield this newfound freedom in order to improve yourself. It is the sacrifice which makes the rewards even more satisfying, so follow through on your resolutions this year so you may experience the satisfaction of delayed gratification!