Sunday, 2 January 2011

Resolutions. Again.


(This is a repost of a something I posted a few years back.)

It is that time of year again, when the world is littered with the lists of good intentions…

New Year Resolutions.

But it seems to me that people are doing it all wrong. Digging in the wrong place.

Every year people sit down with basically the same list of last year's failures, rework them, resolve that THIS year things will be different.

Here's an idea for you to ponder:

What if, instead of listing all the things that have eluded you every year before, what if you made a list of the things that you already can do…

And resolve to do them better?


  1. yep. that's more the direction I take, too.

  2. i like that! cause i Hate resolutions/refuse to make em.
    hey i just thought of one i Can do. buy better/more expensive wine. :D

  3. Excellent idea from a very wise man.

  4. I love it. This avoids getting down on yourself. Another thing you could do is enjoy the digging even if it is in the wrong spot.... mind you, you can't enjoy digging on concrete or very hard earth. I guess you're right. Finding a good spot for digging is important!

  5. Like dig a good hole for the new tree? And with this dog's help, that won't be a problem.

  6. Sounds like a good idea to me!

    xoxoxo ♡

  7. Oh i love this - i need to go back and edit my new year's post!

  8. Great Idea!

    I figured I have never been any good at A: thinking up resolutions, much less B: remembering them and finally hating the crunch of actually realizing sometime in late December (when I stumble across the list again) that C: didn't actually get around to any of them!

    Your suggestion is MUCH better. (er... I will try and remember it...)

  9. So, if I resolve not to do any resolutions...

  10. Interesting idea, but I'm giving the standard resolutions another go this year because of two ideas I recently came across - both from David Allen (Getting Things Done bloke).

    The first idea was in response to a question put to him regarding how to set priorities and know what is important to you. His response was that you should set as many goals as you can think of and then see which ones stick. If you are still pursuing or wishing to pursue a goal after three months / six months / a year etc, then its important to you and worth prioritising.

    The second idea is that you can only achieve goals that you believe. So instead of setting a goal to lose 10 kilos, I am setting a goal to lose 1 kilo, and when I achieve it, I will ask myself if I believe I can lose another kilo. If so, I will set a goal to lose another kilo and hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have lost the 10 kilos.

  11. Great idea and highly achievable. I had made the same resolution year after year and one day I just achieved it without really trying to.

  12. Isabella: Both good points. But the things people keep on their lists overtime are often wishes rather than goals.

    Yes, little bites are better than big chunks.

  13. I like that idea...a lot! :)


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