In Praise of Resolutions

by Angelique on December 31, 2010

This December has seen a spate of what Chris Guillebeau calls “resolution bashing.” From personal blogs to self-help advice outlets to major news organizations, scores of articles tell us that resolutions are worthless, a waste of time, self-defeating or even harmful to our psyche.

Then there are the people criticize the kinds of resolutions we make. You would think that this criticism would be aimed at very broad resolutions, e.g. “I’m going to make more money,” because they are harder to fulfill, but no, some of the critics target small, specific resolutions because they are “not important enough” or “not really resolutions.”

You know what I call the resolution-haters?

painting of ebenezer scrooge

If you’re also tired of having these scrooges rain on your resolution parade, here are some words of encouragement!

1. Coming up with resolutions allows you to brainstorm and dream. Brainstorming and dreaming are two excellent activities that we all should do more often.

2. Making resolutions helps you to plan out your year. You can’t resolve to exercise more without looking at your calendar to see when you can fit in a belly-dance class. (That one’s for you, Kimberly!) And you can’t resolve to get more clients without looking at upcoming networking events.

3. Resolutions are a snapshot of the things that are important to you right now. Whether you accomplish them or not, if you keep a record of them, you’re contributing the the historical record of your life.

4. Resolutions reveal patterns in your life. If you keep a record of your resolutions, you’ll see which kinds of resolutions you kept, and which fell by the wayside. Do you see some that fall by the wayside every year? Is it really your fault that you don’t fulfill them, or do they indicate trouble in another area of your life?

5. Sharing resolutions helps you to get closer to your friends and family. You share what’s important to you, and hopefully you even get to brainstorm and dream together!

So make those resolutions! And to all, a

Happy New Year!

 

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Ajarrell December 31, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Great post! Thanks!

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wild canary January 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Love this! I used to be a great resolution maker…and LOVED reading my journals at the year end/beginning. Age and illness have changed my style over the years and now I enjoy getting out my old resolutions and seeing if I have made any progress on one or two.
I have found if you think it, write it ponder it…it happens. I am living one of the earliest writings. Pre-teen I wrote down and designed where I am actually living today. I was pretty detailed. And surprised one day when I woke up and saw two black and tan shepherd type dogs in the sunlight by my bed and realized that is where I was, in a forgotten childhood resolution.
If I had known then about plans and dreams and building character, I think I may have been more specific even than I was back then.
Budgets with time, money and character have been the key to successful living for many of our worlds most precious people. I have known some personally in my grandparents and others. Ben Franklin’s writings and Oswald Chambers are others who have influenced many of us after many generations of not being on the earth. Thanks for a lovely blog!

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Angelique January 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

That’s so cool about your house and dogs! It’s amazing how much you consciously forget that remains a part of you.

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