Revelations on Resolutions

This year I will be doing a few things different. I’ve never been much on New Year’s resolutions but I do pay attention to the setting of goals and how they are negotiated. There are a few things I’ve picked up this last year that are likely to serve me well in the upcoming year. It seems that the whole resolution thing is tired and old. I recently heard about previous data that’s been used to determine just when the majority of people give up on their resolutions. It involved a cross reference between the uptick in fast food consumption and the downtick in gym usage. It’s very encouraging to know that we’re so poor at keeping resolutions that a watch can be set to our imminent failures. I think I’ll be trying something different this next year.

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Out Of My Mind

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In early 2016 I heeded a suggestion I began to hear often and from different respected sources. It was a simple task that I found I normally did not do even though the suggested benefits were both believable and understandable. It was to keep a journal recording my thoughts, observations, plans, and intentions. The benefit, as it was explained, was that the many thoughts and ideas floating around in my head can more easily be structured, reviewed, and analyzed if they were taken out of my mind and placed in the physical (or digital) space. At first I thought “well sure, that makes sense.” Then I promptly forgot the suggestion and moved on with my life. Then I heard the same or similar suggestion from one respectable source after another. All with the same explanation. After giving it some thought I realized that I already did this with other aspects of my life and with the exact same intention.

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Life: On Purpose

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Can you imagine coming to the end of the line and knowing you spent your chance just floating along? What if instead of being a victim of our own excuses, or others’ pre-made, one-size-fits-all excuses, we lived our lives on purpose? Do you really have to work twice as hard to be twice as successful, or would 10% more do the trick? It shouldn’t be difficult to come up with a reasonable list describing your life’s purpose.

You can probably come up with several satisfactory reasons for working the job you have, living in the home you do, or even acting the way you do. But what if those purposes were met? What if your goals were achieved? Do you have a followup list, or have you at least considered that a re-examination will be necessary at that time, or are you hoping you never reach those goals just so you have a rabbit to chase?

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