Important Updates: Resolutions For The Gentleman in 2015
Posted on 13 January 2015
New year, new you. Call it cliché, but it’s inescapable. Every time a new year ushers in people seem more open to change.
What are you doing differently this year? What changes will you make?
The month of January brings with it the promise of a clean slate—Tabula Rasa. People use the new year as leverage to change, upgrade, and improve. And that’s a great thing, cliché or not! Ceravelo is calling it now—2015 is the Year of the Gentleman. Perhaps you've already made your personal resolution but we’d still like to share three simple, fundamental points for you to consider.
New Year, New You? Of course! Image source: gentlemansgazette.com
Resolution #1: A gentleman always keeps his word.
The thing about resolutions is that everyone makes a ton of them—but few ever follow through. Often times resolutions are unrealistic, unattainable, or not well-thought out. To ensure you fulfill your 2015 resolution try to keep it S.M.A.R.T. (Simple, Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic, and Time-Bound). Huge successes are built upon small triumphs. Even the simplest changes, those that you can actually keep track of (measurable), will matter. This may seem obvious, but make sure your resolutions are relevant and personal to you (appropriate) and that they can be achieved in an attainable time-frame (realistic). Know your limitations and don’t set yourself up for failure by making highfalutin goals. Baby steps, as they say.
We're in this together, gentlemen! Image source: alwaysinfo.co.uk
Resolution #2: Go beyond myself.
Yes, resolutions are all about improving one’s self. However, there’s no reason why you can’t help others in the process. A true gentleman is more than self-aware. He is aware of his surroundings and takes time to consider his family and friends, that random guy at the check-out counter or even a random stranger on the subway. It’s easy to be consumed in our own business but it helps to be sensitive of what goes on around us. Kindness is free, so for 2015, go ahead and spread that around.
A bit of effort goes a long way! Image source: theidleman.com
Resolution #3: Make good habits.
Greatness is created out of habit. Make a bit of effort every day and when you look back to this moment you’ll be surprised at how significantly your life has changed. If you're work has become monotonous change your morning routine. Take 5 minutes to stretch and then go for a morning walk.
When was the last time you saw the sun rise?
Say please, thank you, and excuse me without a hint of cynicism or sarcasm despite your stress level. Some may scoff at those simple, superficial improvements—but Aristotle reminds us that "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Win little triumphs and you will be greater! So go dress nicely for no reason, wear an ascot and feel good about the world (especially if you don’t feel like it).