We make promises constantly. Promises are meant to be kept, so when we make them, we usually try to keep them. And we learn this starting from a young age. When we were little, we made pinky promises, crossed our hearts and hoped to die, and engaged in spit hand shakes to prove that we would keep a promise. We read stories about blood oaths and we learned even further the importance of keeping promises. We knew that if we broke promises that there would be consequences. People would stop believing us if we didn’t keep our promises, and we wouldn’t be able to be taken seriously if we lied and constantly broke our promises.

We may not do anything as childish as making pinky promises anymore, but the idea behind our promises remains the same. When we make a promise, we do so with the intention of keeping it. It doesn’t matter if the promise is big or small or if we make it to someone that we’re close to or to someone who we barely know. A promise is a promise, and it’s meant to be kept.

Holding promises that we make to other people is something that we do on a regular basis, but how often is it that we find ourselves breaking promises that we make to ourselves? Do you put the same emphasis and importance as you do on the promises that you make to yourself? We don’t typically do that do we? When we make promises to other people and we break them then we have someone that’s going to be angry with us, but if we make a promise to ourselves and we break it then we don’t have anyone who will be angry with us, right? Wrong.

When you break a promise that you make to yourself positive thinker, you may not have any outside force holding you accountable, but you do have an internal force. You have you, and that should mean something to you. If you place such a high value on keeping promises to some other person then you should at least place the same value (if not more) on the promises that you make to yourself. Shouldn’t you give yourself the same respect that you give to somebody else?

As you ponder that question, you may start to think about a promise to yourself that you intend on making in just a couple of days. Promises are a pretty common thing to think about this time of the year because in less than 48 hours people around the world are going to start with their new year’s resolution. They made promises about how they were going to change in this upcoming year and in just a handful of hours it will finally be time for them to start the year off by being a new version of themselves. Are you going to be one of those people?

Some of us use the close of the year as motivation to become better people in the upcoming year, but it’s important that as we decide upon our resolutions that we also choose resolutions that are going to help us to truly become better versions of ourselves. If you haven’t yet figured out what you’re going to do for this new year then you still have some time to get your ideas ready. It doesn’t matter what your New Year’s resolution ends up being as long as you think that it will help you to grow as a person. It may be to eat healthier, or you may want to work out more. Or perhaps your heart is set on being financially responsible in 2016. Or maybe you’ll make promises that will help to heal your soul instead of something physical about your body. No matter what the promise is, just make sure that you use it to jump start your journey of becoming a better you.

Positive thinker, it doesn’t matter if you have broken promises that you have made to yourself in the past. In just over 24 hours from now you will have a chance to not break the promise that you made to yourself for the new year. Keep your promise this year positive thinker. You deserve to be the best version of yourself!