Forget a List of Resolutions, I’m Going with a Single Word
Throughout the years, our family has gotten together on New Year’s Eve and written down lists of resolutions. We’ve then shared them with each other: at first with fresh-faced optimism, then with wavering hope, and eventually with learned cynicism.
One of our lists, i.e., mine, might have looked like this:
- Workout everyday for an hour
- Don’t eat after 7:00 p.m.
- Quit cursing like a damn drunken sailor
- Read at least one book a week.
- Perform a random kind act each day
- Blah, blah, blah . . .
Okay, so these lists are fine. They’re nice. But are they effective?
I haven’t found them to be.
The only resolution I usually have in the bag after the first few weeks, is number 6.
Typically, by February, you can find me face first in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s by 9:00 p.m. watching The Food Network, and flipping anyone off who dares to say anything about it – resolution list be damned.
Since doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is the definition of insanity, I’m going to try something new.
Frankly, I have no idea if it will work, but at least it’s different and therefore, by definition, not insane.
This year, I’m going to go with one word: Determination.
See, I already know, in detail, what I want to accomplish. I don’t need to write my goals down; they swim and swirl around in my head continually like frightened festival fish in a plastic bag.
Get off of your ass and move more!
Spend time writing quality prose.
Make the world a better place for others: up your eco-focus, sew more dresses, donate to another shelter, commit random acts of kindness.
Learn, learn, learn . . .
Put. The. Sugar. Down!
I even have plans that will allow me to reach those goals.
What doesn’t seem to register with me for long, however, is that having goals and plans isn’t enough.
The key is in the execution. In the steadfast tenacity of the execution. In not creating and accepting excuses. In not giving up when things get tough. In not letting life get in the way of following of the plan and, ultimately, achieving the goal.
It’s simply not okay to reach for a cookie when, instead, I should continue reaching for my goals.
So, for me, 2015 is going to be the year of capital “D”, Determination.
How about you?