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Resolutions - a four letter word?

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

So I've been seeing a lot of blogs and SP motivational sayings that are against resolutions. My favorite anti-resolution SP saying is "don't make resolutions, make yourself!" While this seems on the surface to be motivational, I am not sure why resolutions are a bad thing. I posed something about resolutions in one of my SP teams and got a lot of resistance.

So my question is: Why are we so anti-resolution?

I don't get it. Aren't resolutions just goals? Aren't they just the strategies we intend to use to reach our goals? Aren't these the things that SP suggests we set for ourselves?

What makes a "resolution" a bad thing and a "goal" any other day of the year a good thing?

Is it because resolutions are set on the 1st of January and we aren't supposed to wait for arbitrary days of the year/week to commit ourselves? We are supposed to commit ourselves NOW. But what if "now" just happens to be January 1st?

Is it because people tend to make gigantic sweeping resolutions that are impossible goals to attain, and do it without preparation and support?

I made my "resolutions" and began them on Dec 31st actually - does this make my resolutions more valuable than those who might start them on the 1st? Why?

My "resolutions" were basically restating what I have been doing all last year, but had gotten away from me over the holidays. It was more a refocusing than anything else....

So here is my reasoning - as long as your resolutions are SMALL, ATTAINABLE, REASONABLE, and SERIOUS, then it doesn't matter if you make then on Dec 31st, Jan 1st, or March 12th - resolution is just another word for goal or strategy, and those things are valuable any day of the year.

It seems the important thing is not making "resolution" a bad word, but focusing on "commitment" to your goals - no matter what time of year.
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  • MICHELLE8182
    Totally agree!
    1906 days ago
    I made my "resolutions" on December 14th but found 1st January to be an excellent day to remind myself of those "resolutions".
    1906 days ago
    I've spent the last few years avoiding resolutions but setting a goal at the beginning of the year really gives you a concrete time line to measure and see how things are going.
    1906 days ago
    I'm with you. I haven't made broad goals, just restated what my focus should be a will work hard to stay in control of them.
    1906 days ago
    i find it so interesting to read everyone's different take - your analysis is spot on, it doesn't matter what you call them, or when you make them, but if you follow the rules you describe, it will happen!
    1907 days ago
    i find that most people that are anti-resolution are those people who don't keep them. Usually it is because they make this HUGE resolution that they have no intention of actually living with the rest of their lives. They aren't willing to make the sacrifices to reach these goals. Just my generalization and obviously doesn't apply to everyone but probably most. Yes, life gets in the way but you can jump right back on the resolution bandwagon at any time and set the ship right. I make goals monthly so whether it's January 1 or May 1 doesn't matter to me. Goals or resolutions whatever you want to call them works for me.
    1907 days ago
    Lol, people really gave you flack for posting about "resolutions"? That's pretty funny. Just because it's January we call "goals" by a different name, it's a tradition. If people feel motivated to make goals on the new year because to them it's a "clean slate" then by all means jump on that motivation bandwagon and get going to your healthy goals. I think that you're probably right on track with people making resolutions that are too vague or large to be realistic/attainable. It's fine to have large goals as long as you're able to break them down into action steps to get there. Anyway, I agree with you that resolution = goal in my mind.

    (on another note, at the gym yesterday there were no treadmills available because of all the NYE resolvers there -- and I did think for a moment that I couldn't wait for them to fall off the wagon so I could have a machine without waiting emoticon )
    1907 days ago
    YES!! emoticon
    1907 days ago
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