Why I Hate Resolutions

Today is New Years Eve Eve. Have you set a resolution? I haven’t.

In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever fulfilled a resolution. (I wonder what the proper verb is…Achieved a resolution? Mastered a resolution? Completed a resolution? They all sound so harsh…)

I’m more of a flow kind of person. And a poor manager of time. So honestly, my New Year’s resolutions typically evolve like this:

January 3         “I didn’t think of a resolution yet. I bet some people do this ahead of time.”

January 30        After a month-long debate with myself, I finalize my resolution.

March 15          “I purchased this really nice planner to help me achieve my resolution. I bet some people do this before March. You’d think planners would be on sale now…”

March 15-December 29  I start a new (unrelated) businesses, take some random flower design class at the community college, and decide to learn more about Hinduism. (Never once using my planner.)

December 30      Think of what a failure I am for not achieving my resolution.

I don’t want to feel like a failure anymore.

That’s why I resolve to never make a resolution again. I will embrace that I live with flow, and I will not beat myself up for not using my planner.

Hmmm. That kind of sounded like a resolution…

SMART Goal for 2018: Rewatch The Office, in it’s entirety, by March 1st.

Choose A Word Instead

Anyhow, last January, I happened to hear a podcast about choosing one little word for your year.  The idea is that you deliberately choose a word that you focus on, write about, visualize, etc. (You can hear the podcast here.)

It sounded kind of silly to me at first, and if you are a hard-core organizer/planner type, this type of evil witchery may not be your style. It turns out though, it’s the perfect way for me to stay focused.

In 2017, I chose the word harmony. I thought about it (what I do best) and wrote it on a dry erase board in the workshop (the basement). I didn’t plan anything out.  I didn’t make a SMART goal. I simply planned, lived, and worked with the word in mind. And it turns out that I accomplished a lot that way.

I’m not sure what 2018 will bring. It’s only December 30th, and there’s still a lot of time to think about it.

Your Word…On A Custom Word Sign

So if traditional resolutions haven’t worked for you in the past, I’d invite you to join me in choosing a word for 2018. (It’s actually a thing. Check out the program here.)

And if you happen to want that word on a wooden sign, I’d be happy to make it for you. 😉

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