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Resolutions, NOT Revolutions

I don't knock New Year's resolutions, in fact, I think personal growth year over year is what one should seek. However, don't let you new year's resolutions become revolutions... [rev-uh-loo-shuh n]

  1. a turning round or rotating, as on an axis.
  2. a moving in a circular or curving course, as about a central point.
  3. a single cycle in such a course.

Moving about in a circular manner and returning back to the starting point repeatedly is not a resolution. If you find yourself stating the same annual goals each year, it's time to reevaluate your methods of attainment! It's okay if you've not yet reached the goals you set out for yourself in the previous year, but take a second to reflect on what progress has been made and resolve to embark on phase II of that goal.

As we get older, we must become more sophisticated and calculated in the way that we set goals for ourselves personally, professionally, and otherwise. We cannot afford to make promises to ourselves because they sound good, or because we know these are things we should strive to do. If you are not prepared to keep a promise to yourself that is resolute, then don't create another 365 day revolution of wants, wishes, and "ought-to's".


I rarely make new year's resolutions. Not because I don't believe in them, but because I don't believe that the first day of the new year is the designated time to begin to better yourself. However, I will share a four tips for those who can't wait to post their new years resolutions on their refrigerators, bedrooms walls, office cubicles, and bathroom mirrors.

  1. Write your resolution down and create a sublist of at least 3 actions you will need to take to achieve or maintain it. This way, you can decide whether or not you're really down to do what it takes for this resolution and not play yourself.

sn,x1313-bg,f8f8f8.u32. Dig deeper. Instead of "lose weight" or "work out more" try something along the lines of "Pay more attention to my health". Because, let's be honest, there are a lot of unhealthy slim folks out here.

3. Understand the difference between a resolution and a goal. A goal is something you will seek to achieve. It is achieved over time by successfully completing actions that will lead to your desired outcome. A resolution is taking an action and once it is done, it's done.

4. Finally, know why you've chosen your resolutions. What is the end goal? This is important because reasons like "just to see if I can do it" have very little sustainability. Why tease yourself with nonsense? We're all pretty busy with life's ups and downs, so be purposeful with the tasks you take on over the course of a year.

With that said, Happy New Year folks. Here's to a prosperous and resolute 2016!

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