Why Do we Make Resolutions?

December marks the final month of the year. For many of us, this signals a brief period of reflection before embarking on a journey into the new year. What do we do during this reflection? We look back at our accomplishments, our failures, and so much more. We try understand our failures in hopes of preventing repeats. We reach conclusions on where we are (professionally and/or personally) as opposed to where we would like to be. Then, we resolve to do differently (for what didn’t work) and continue on (for what did). Question: Why do we make resolutions?


Why Do We Make Resolutions?


The Google Dictionary defines resolution as: a firm decision to do or not to do something.

Similar words to it are:

  • aim
  • plan
  • resolve
  • decision
  • intention

Notice anything? Each of them require some type of action.

The reasons why we make resolutions are likely to be as many as the resolutions themselves. I choose to think that we do this because each of us want to be better than what we are now. It’s that constant desire for improvement. Being better means to improve on the existing. We make something better. This is better than what it was. How can I do this better? This is for the betterment of all mankind.  

Oprah Winfrey chose to focus her energies around delivering content that helped others see the best in themselves and in others. Live your best life!

And, let’s be honest with ourselves. Don’t we feel better when we do better? So, if that is true, wouldn’t the logic be that we would feel our best when we give our best?

Better HR in 2016

I once wrote about how someone made me better. In that article I said,

In the work environment, as much as we may think we are irreplaceable, very few – if any – of us are. The void will be filled and a successful business will move forward. That’s life. That is what change is all about. So, if the void will ultimately be filled, I would think it would be in our best interest to make sure that we are remembered. How do we do that? We set an example and inspire those around us.


How can you make an impact in your HR role in 2016? What can you do TODAY that will make you better than yesterday?

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