New Year’s resolutions are commitments individuals make to a project or habit, often a lifestyle, that are generally interpreted as advantageous, taking effect starting New Year’s Day till the set goal is achieved at the end of the year.

Most often, New Year’s resolutions refer to things that matter to somebody’s life. Somehow, these resolutions provide hope, and encourage people to have dreams of a more optimistic future. They make people happy — imagine how gloomy life is if it’s void of dreams. But what happens is that people push themselves too hard in their quest to reach their dreams. Their goals are too high, so their resolutions go unachieved, or are broken fairly quickly.

Aside from individuals, groups or companies also have their own version of new year’s resolutions often called strategic plans, which are based on their mission and vision. Each member of their teams comes up with individual plans that eventually comprise their agency’s corporate plans, complete with time frames and achievement indicators. The government, in general, likewise equips itself with similar goals that it aims to attain by year-end.

All these plans and resolutions, however you call them, are very essential in making sense of one’s existence. They make a company’s presence worthwhile, indeed; that it’s not just there to exist, but to function as well. This is in line with the adage: “Stop existing; start living.” Which is very true, knowing that everything exists for a purpose. And if that purpose is not attained, something is wrong, making one’s existence futile.

One need not be burdened with New Year’s resolution wish lists that lead to stress and frustration. He can enjoy life better, bringing positive effects to people close to him as well, be they families, relatives, husband, or wife. But there is nothing wrong with setting goals, plans, and commitments. For the government most of all, these plans and resolutions are a must, and so are their fulfillments.