|This is not on any "to do" list that I have ever made.|
You will not find a list of resolutions I plan to keep.
You will not find a suggestion of ways to make a list of resolutions you plan to do.
You will not find a bucket full of ways to forgive yourself when you don't keep your resolutions.
Why don't I dive into the new year with a wagon load of resolutions pulled by an overdose of gumption?
Well, not "just because".
Rather, because I resolve to do things all year long. Sometimes it's a thing I resolve to do until it's finished, and sometimes I resolve to do something by a certain date. But I never pick January 1st as a day to make every change I think I need to make for the entire year.
I ask you: "Why would you do that to yourself?" Do you not like you? Would you do that to someone else? Whoa!
And, hey - I'm not suggesting that we should never have any goals for our lives. What I am suggesting is that we dump the "it's-January-1-and-I-have-to....and-to....and-to....NOW". If you are a planner and January 1 is your pivotal day, how about just picking one thing. Just one. And then give yourself a real reasonable time frame to do that thing.
Toss the resolution to eat only carrots and loose 25 pounds in two weeks. Instead, make the decision to buy less snack foods and park farther away from the grocery store door. I give the carrot diet two, maybe three days max. Bet you can do the other one a lot longer - and without a deprivation induced cookie coma.
See, to me, a "resolution" should be a change I want to make to my life, that will be so beneficial, I will want it to be a permanent change.
So, welcome to my New Year's Resolution Free Zone - and welcome to carefully planning successful permanent changes for yourself!
Happy New Year Adventures!