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.