Why is it that we look to the first day of a new calendar year to kick-start actually living our lives? But instead of looking forward to the promise of that new year, why do we spend hours looking back over the year we’re still living in to qualify the things we plan to do in the new year?
Resolutions are supposed to be about making changes while moving forward. Seems pretty impossible to do while facing the other way right?
It’s like we need to see what great times we had, or mistakes we made, and then we resolve to either fix or do more of that shit starting on January 1. But what’s the point right? I mean all we’re doing is looking at what we used to do; thinking about what could have been.
Not what is.
I’m guilty of doing it too. Especially this year.
But I truly think the people who “fail at resolutions” don’t really fail. They just weren’t facing the right direction.
So this upcoming year I’m facing the future, not the past.
I fully intend to take this year by the balls and make it my bitch.
Or something like that.
The definition of resolution in the case of New Year’s is “firmness of purpose or intent.”
But I’m not getting hung up in the meaning of the word, the definition as purported by millions, if not billions, of people worldwide.
Because as far as I’m concerned the calendar year isn’t really a crucial part of the plans I have, other than it being a gentle guide for the things I plan to do.
See, for me this upcoming year isn’t about resolving to do anything.
I will set goals.
Because goals challenge me. They make me try harder. They make me focus, get down to work, and then get down to celebrating when I achieve them.
And I don’t care if I achieve all of them within the tight restrictions of January 1 – December 31. I’m setting my goals and working to achieve them, so if they come to fruition this year then great! If not, that doesn’t mean I give up. It means I keep trying no matter what the date says.
As we all know goals can change mid-stream. They’re fluid, flexible and always evolving in order to get you to the best version of yourself you can dream up and go after.
New Year’s resolutions come with a built in pass/fail mechanism. You either do the thing or you don’t.
Bleh. How limiting is that?
I have four goals I want to tackle this year:
Release new books (yes, multiple).
Learn to cook (meals that aren’t boring).
Read more (books specifically).
Be more active (watching less and doing more).
Yup. That’s it.
Because if I can set out on a course to do all of those things then all the other stuff I might think about in terms of resolutions will just fall into place.
Eating healthy, exercising, getting my career on track, traveling, saving money, or anything else I could dream up that I’d love to change about myself, I’m simply striving to be a better version of me in 2015.
But I’m not going to consider the whole year a failure if I take 3 days off from writing or veg out in front of the television occasionally either.
I’ve always got the next day to get back on track. There’s no point in looking at a little misguided step as a fail. Like I said, facing backwards doesn’t help me achieve my goals.
So as my vacation comes to an end, and a brand new calendar year gets started, I’m looking forward to doing my best to achieve all the goals I’ve got laid out in front of me.
Have a safe and festive New Year everyone!