“You may be whatever you resolve to be.” — Thomas Jonathan Jackson
This is the time of year when many folks are on vacation or they check into work only to realize that their colleagues are still on vacation. So what does one do when the real work, the collaborative team work cannot be done?
Well, you may decide to dive into that project that only you can do when you’re not interrupted by others. Or, you might pull out a clean sheet of paper and create a list under a title or scribble called:
New Years Resolutions,
Resolve in 2015,
Goals for the New Year, or (simply)
Those who go about making up their minds in a well-researched and organized way, one might GOOGLE the terms: resolutions or goal-setting just to see what’s trending. Nearly every news agency or media house has a feature story entitled “the top ten ____ for 2015” or (if they have one-half the space) “five secrets to success in the new year.”
The persistent folks among us might pull out their list from last year, assuming that they’ve kept these lists and haven’t yet crossed off all that was imagined last winter. 2015 will become an extension of 2014. Alternatively, that which didn’t get done last year may never get done and new obsessions will likely replace old fixations on how to perfect ourselves via healthier choices, stronger relationships, or an uncluttered house.
Regardless the category of people you best relate to, do yourself a favor and try to keep your list short and sweet. You are more likely to accomplish your goals if they are few in number and you can focus your attention and energy on completing one, two, or no more than three goals.
Success in the new year may be based on early victories and creating good habits. And who says that we have to start our year with such lists? Why not pause every couple of months to check on our progress, re-evaluate the costs/benefits of accomplishing these projects, and perhaps start anew.
Resolutions are like plans. It is not the resolution or the plan that’s important but the resolve you bring to your daily planning that ultimately pays off.
Additional helpful / interesting websites:
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml … for those looking to the US government for advice on making their resolutions
http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/holidays/tp/resolutions.htm … for my fellow Pittsburgh Steelers fans looking for guidance on what to do between playoff games
https://mediacenter.toastmasters.org/2014-12-10-Toastmasters-International-Lists-7-Most-Buzzworthy-Speeches-of-2014 … for my Toastmaster friends and those who enjoy reviewing lists of accomplishments from the past year