New year’s resolutions are, to me, a transient time to feel better about oneself when, really a person can make and do these things every month, week, or even day. It feels like you’re starting fresh, but it’s really is another day. Every day is another day to turn things around, or to veer off the beaten path to another trail, intentional or not. My new year’s resolution is the same resolution I’ve been giving to myself every day -
Smile. Be better than you were yesterday.
There is room for improvement, but enjoy the moment you’re in because this, too, shall pass.
The broad hackneyed statements in the last two lines can be taken in different ways, but I’m somewhat content where I am. The “somewhat” refers to that need to move forward, for continued improvement. I know where I need to focus, and I know what I need to do, and how to do it. The issue is (as with most resolutions) how to make what we need to do stick. Convincing myself and tricking myself.
If I keep thinking it, it will be true. If I keep thinking it, I will convince myself I’ll need it. Continue doing what I’ve been doing? Or change what I’ve been doing? Things have been working to a degree. Time to increase the intensity. Every day might be a bit much, every year may be a bit long. Every month? That’s a good time to reflect on what happened in prior times. Reassess. Mitigate.
So maybe the resolution should be resolve to resolve every month, because every year gives far too much a chance for things not to stick. Continue the dedication, but to a higher degree. Stay focused.