I do not make resolutions.
Did you hear me?
I said, I DO NOT make resolutions.
A resolution gives a human being the feeling that the first of a new year means lot’s of good things. It means a changed life. It means that person will be more focused, will be better and do better than they did last year. It means they’ll get angry less, slow down more, stop worrying etc, etc, etc… Upon watching the New York ball drop this year one of our host’s asked someone in the crowd what her new year’s resolution was, her answer, “to make this year better than last year”…..
That is NOT a resolution. That is a hope. A wish. A fleeting thought.
Now any of my other fellow Type A folks out there are probably thinking, “Not me! I make resolutions but I made S.M.A.R.T. resolutions” which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Well good for you, you Type A-ers! But what are they? And how are you going to achieve them? Are you really RESOLVING to do this thing that you may have written down?
to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something)
This thing that you’ve decided on (whether you’re my Type-A friend or not) have you come to (which implies that you’ve toiled over this thought, you’ve wrestled with it, walked with it, thought about it, and after all of that you have come along with it to this end of the road) a definite (a clearly defined) or earnest decision (in all honesty to yourself and others)? Or have you merely listed a few things you wish would change themselves in this grand new year that will be like no year before it?
Obviously, there are some people who HAVE done this. They do have real resolutions and they actually do make changes in their lives, whether they be made in the first month or they take all year to accomplish. Kudos. It’s the other folks that claim resolutions for themselves that use such a serious word so flippantly that make me one ounce crazier.
I’m not against resolution making. Make resolutions! Wrestle with a topic, walk with it down the road of decision and make the hard choice that you will change or improve something this year. Then, set a plan in place, stay focused, keep the resolution in front of you constantly, and I earnestly hope you succeed!
For myself, I do not make resolutions. I choose to make revolutions. And I make revolutions on a monthly, weekly, and daily basis. My husband and I keep a white board in our living room (so it is always in front of us) where we have listed our “Long-term”, “2014”, “Business”, and “Monthly” revolutions we are working towards. And while I prefer to make monthly revolutions I’ll admit that some of those just so happened to begin on January 1st, much to my frustration to start them with the rest of the “resolution” crowd in America.
Some of these revolutions will take me a year, but the key to my year is to begin with the first 30 days.
Here are some of my 2014 Revolutions:
I choose to revolutionize my vocabulary by having a “Word of the Week”
I choose to revolutionize my relationship with my Savior by reading through the entire Bible in the span of 12 months
I choose to revolutionize my handwriting by learning calligraphy this year
This is just a peek at a few of my revolutions. I hope you achieve all that you want to this year. But I also hope that you make lot’s of goals, that you write them down, and that you work towards achieving them every single day and that the accomplishment is as sweet as honey for you.