What resolutions have you made for 2016?

Happy New Year! It’s that time again; the time of year when about 45 percent of us make at least one New Year’s resolution. Ah, yes the resolution – a firm decision to do or not to do something; a decision that equates to change. We resolve to lose weight (which by the way ranks number one on the list for most), exercise, spend less money, stop smoking, find a new career, spend more time with family and on and on and on.

By the end of six months only about half of that 45 percent will have maintained the resolution(s) they made. Oops. How can we be so committed to something on January 1 and abandon it by June 30? Research cites a number of reasons. Our resolutions may be too lofty or unrealistic, we give up too easily, we have no game plan, we choose to view things from the wrong perspective or maybe we don’t really believe in ourselves enough to make it happen. Or maybe we are making those resolutions for the wrong reasons. Are we making resolutions because everyone around us is making them? Do we somehow feel obligated? If we don’t make them will people think we aren’t motivated to do better? Bah humbug, I say! And why do we have to make them at the beginning of the year? How about we make them any time we need them?

This year, rather than making resolutions, I’m going in a different direction. Why?  Because of this quote:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” (Neil Gaiman)

Seems to me making mistakes will be a lot easier than keeping resolutions; not to mention how much I stand to learn. And who knows where that will take me? It sure gives you something to think about.

Posted by MJ Thomas

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