With firm resolve

Happy New Year! For many of us, preparations are underway for dinners, celebrations and resolutions. Yep, it’s that time again; when about 45 percent of us make at least one New Year’s resolution. What does that mean? Well, resolution, by definition, is a firm decision to do or not do something; the quality of being determined or resolved. The most common resolutions include eating less, exercising more, spending less, saving more, stop smoking, stop drinking, find a new career, spend more time with family and the list goes on.

The reality? By the end of six months about half of the 45 percent will have maintained their resolution(s). In fact, a mere 8 percent of resolutions made will actually be achieved.

Why? Maybe expectations are too high, maybe the resolutions just aren’t the right ones, or maybe we give up too easily. Or, maybe there’s no game plan, we have the wrong perspective, or we really don’t believe in ourselves enough to make it happen. Maybe we make resolutions for the wrong reasons.

This year, I am resolving to make mistakes! Why? Because of this quote that I found a few years ago from Neil Gaiman.

“I hope that in the 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. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or isn’t perfect, whatever it is” art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Works for me. Wishing you all a very happy, health and prosperous New Year!

Posted by MJ Thomas

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