Why you should not make New Year’s Resolutions

“It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.”~Jenn Proske, Canadian actress

Why wait for a new year to make a new you?

‘Tis the season for reflection and afterthought and future goals. John McCarthy over at Deadwood Writers Voices has a fabulous, concise list of resolutions. I like it because it is an attitude, a challenge, an achievable to-do list.

Too often these resolution things are vague.
“I want to.”
“I plan to.”
“I hope to.”
No, the action step must be: “I will do.”

If you say you will, then what? How many? How much? How often? When? Where? Putting exactness on something gives you a goal, but it also sets you up for failure if that number is not reached. Focusing on quantity versus quality is not necessarily the key to success.

So it’s not quite a resolution as it is, say, a philosophy. Belief. Doctrine. Outlook. Viewpoint.

No, none of those words fit for me, but they may resonate with you. The word or approach I’m looking for is Mindset. Do you believe you can do something? Do you need to do that thing to be satisfied? Is it a calling? A purpose? An intense desire? You must want it to make it happen.

For some people, that does mean reading 50 books by the end of the year, writing 50,000 words every month or publishing that collection of short stories. But how are you going to make that happen? Are you going to set aside 7:00-8:00pm every night to do that thing, regardless of illness, television show premieres or a fire?

How are you approaching 2017? Me, I’m keeping it simple. I’m keeping it real. I can’t believe I just typed that!  I am so cliché.  *rolls eyes*  I don’t know what is going to happen on, say, Sunday, March 12 at 3:30pm, so I have to keep my life open and flexible, and the stock graphic on John’s post really says it all for me. Go check it out. It can be as easy as that simple, powerful mindset.

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