2012: Resolution Solutions – Part 1

I don’t know about you, but New Year’s Resolutions give me a headache. Well, they used to. I always had such high hopes of accomplishing great things, but I usually failed miserably when it came time to follow through. How about you? What do you think of the self-improvement game as we flip the calendar to 2012?

For years my well-intentioned plans floated to the floor like the festive confetti of New Year’s Eve only to be swept away like yesterday’s trash. My resolutions were left behind as time marched forward. Ever been there? It’s quite depressing. However, when I learned about personalities I gained a new and improved outlook toward New Year’s resolutions. It made all the difference in the world and I want to share some practical solutions for those struggling with the traditional self-improvement of the season.

Tips for the Task Oriented

Choleric and melancholy personalities have a better chance of succeeding than do the sanguine and phlegmatic people of the world. The fact that they are the task-oriented temperaments gives them the edge.

Choleric people love anything that resembles a task, a mission, or a challenge. Once they set their mind to something, they usually succeed. However, the one problem that can plague this goal-oriented personality is over confidence. Sometimes they think they do things SO well that there is no room for improvement. Not true – everyone can improve on something. The resolution solutions I propose to any choleric reading this post is to really dig deep and see where you can improve. If you truly cannot find any areas that you need to work on, ask a spouse, a family member, or a close friend. I’m sure they can help you find something you can improve on.

As for the melancholy personalities greeting the New Year – chances are they already know what they want to address because they hold high expectations for themselves. The greatest resolution danger this personality faces is giving up. They tend to set such a high standard that when they fail to meet it, they give up! It is hard for them to rejoice in what they DO accomplish because they tend to dwell in the places where they feel they have failed. The best resolution solution I have to offer my melancholy readers it to take it easy on yourselves. Don’t defeat yourself. Be practical and look at what you accomplish, not what still needs to be done. Rome was not built in a day and neither will your self-improvement develop overnight. Relax.

When we plug reality into our plans for New Year self-improvement, success may look a little different than we originally envisioned. That is totally okay as long as we are making forward momentum. Understanding our personality and our individual approaches to the tradition of resolutions may be the difference between success and failure. Join me for part two of this two-part series when we explore solutions for the non-task oriented phlegmatic and sanguine personalities.

©2011 Shona Neff


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