I have yet to make a New Year’s Resolution.
Why, you ask? Or, maybe you didn’t. But I’ll tell you anyway. I don’t make them ever. My 9th grade Stage Crew teacher Mr. Martin when asked what his were once joked, “I don’t make them, I’m perfect.” which was funny at the time, and it even made it in print in the school newspaper. I haven’t really made any since, either. You may find this fascinating, however, the reason is simple, and I’ll share it with you here.
The thing that you’re resolving to do now, should’ve been taken care of at the time you discovered it needed to be done. There’s even a Bible verse that goes along with this philosophy. Nowhere does it say, “And wait unto a predescribed time before you take action.”
I know I need to lose weight. I’m working on it. I have been for awhile. Do I now need to resolve to lose weight, simply because someone dropped a ball in Time Square? No! I’ve already taken action to do this.
Do I need to resolve to blog more in 2011? No, I do not. Several reasons, but three come to mind:
- I’ve already done it
- I need time for other things that are writing, and finally
- I may not need to blog everyday
There’s a list for you, with links where appropriate. Tell them I sent you. This doesn’t get me anything, however, letting them know I exist might be a good idea.
The choice here would be to expand on the thoughts above, and make them look pretty, so that this looks like a blog post, however, my three readers know there’s no good way I’m going to do this, simply to pad my word count.
Okay, I admit I wrote the words, “simply to pad my word count,” to simply pad my word count. Now I’d resolve not to do this, however, I’ve already done that as well.
In conclusion, a small town just outside Redondo Beach, I submit the following: Around a week or two from now, when you realize that you’ve broken all of your New Year’s resolutions, feel free to make them again. You can always pick up where you left off, as it’s easy to do. Or, you can wait until next January 1st, with the sense of having accomplished nothing you set out to do this year.
Some have suggested that it’s a good idea to set goals for the year. That may be a good idea, if your year starts on January 1st.
Adjust your expectations accordingly. And let me know how you did that in the comment section….