1. A formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
2. A resolve of determination.
It’s that time of year again where we promise ourselves that we’re getting back on track…we’re going to lose weight, save money, get organized, try new things, meet new people, and everything else in between.
I am just as guilty as the next person for making my list of resolutions, but today I can’t help but ponder the question of why it is so easy to state our resolutions now, but so hard to follow them come July?
Just like any new project, we’re anxious to get started and we make the time to get on the treadmill, make new files folders, pinch pennies, etc. Unfortunately, after awhile the new wears off, we’re exhausted from our normal schedule, the treadmill becomes an extra clothes rack, and we slide right back into the routine we once had and feel guilty about what we didn’t accomplish.
Did we take on too lofty of a New Year’s resolution – did we think that all of a sudden we would gain some extra time to do all of these things? Who knows these answers even? Well, I will be the first to admit that I sure don’t – but what I do know is that the number one definition of resolution states that a resolution is a “formal expression of opinion or intention made.”
Did you catch that word? Intention. I’m not a huge fan of the word myself because I think a person can have all the intentions in the world, but until they set their mind to it and perform the actions, nothing gets accomplished. So instead of making a list of intentions, why don’t we make a list of goals? The definition for goal is “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.”
If we make goals and have our efforts, whether they be in January or July, be directed towards our goals, then we are accomplishing our New Year’s Resolutions. If you fall off the wagon, don’t let the guilt set in…just get back in the game when you can and keep working towards your goal!
2012 has been a great year for me, but here’s to 2013 and all of the organizing and working out that is in store for this girl!
PS – Can you imagine me on a treadmill…now that would be a disaster!
(Oh, and the definitions, courtesy of Mr. Webster, himself)