I used to think that New Year’s resolutions were superficial. Even though they often deal with one’s body image and physical health concerns, these resolutions embrace a profound principle in personal transformation.
Well, they all represent some ideals we hold in our minds that do not reflect our current personal realities. We may have an ideal body weight or ideal personality trait that we aspire to. This means there is a moment of consciousness and self-awareness that something is not quite right in our lives.
The noble principle being employed here is the conscious contact between what we know to be ideal and how we actually behave in life (introspection). This contact (from self-sincerity) causes inner conflict (remorse) and one of these aspects must conquer the other.
The result of this conflict (inner friction) is incorporated into the very fabric of our being. The fact that many of us put our resolutions aside after only a few weeks or months of this kind of personal engagement means that something negative in our fabric refuses to budge.
So pick something simple at first, then be braver each year!