New Year’s resolutions – We’ve all made them; we’ve all broken them. This year, I made an un-resolution – to not make any resolutions. It’s not that I don’t want to make improvements or better myself. It’s just that for me, the whole resolution thing is an exercise in futility.
What is a resolution anyway? According to the definition at merriam-webster.com, a resolution is “the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.: the act of resolving something”. So basically, every year, when I’ve made a resolution to get organized, lose weight, etc., I’ve set myself up for failure because all that I did was identify the thing I wanted to change, when I should have made a plan for action. But even an action plan can fail. So what’s a girl to do?
This year, I have decided to take a different approach. Instead of making a resolution, I’ve dedicated the year to a theme. A theme (as defined on merriam-webster.com) is “the particular subject or idea on which the style of something (such as a party or room) is based.” The idea is that this theme will be the foundation for things I do and the guidepost or compass for decisions I make.
And so, without further adieu, my un-resolution/theme for the year is:
Every day is full of choices and decisions. The healthy living theme should be the guide for every decision I make – for my physical and mental well-being, home, and family.
- Steak or fish?
- What brand of laundry detergent should I use?
- Yell or count to 10?
- What should we do for fun this weekend?
- Paper or plastic?
Will I always make the healthy choice? Doubtful. But if I at least evaluate my choices, I’ll be more aware of the consequence for making the less healthy choice; which can then empower me to determine how to make up for that decision.
For example: As I decide whether or not to have dessert after dinner, I can make a plan for what I can do to counterbalance that choice, such as a longer workout the next day. And schedule the next day accordingly.
So how do I plan to keep this theme in mind? I’m planning to put visual reminders in places where I need the reminder – the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, the car and my office.
It’s not a perfect plan, but I’m hoping that the change in mindset will be the difference. Throughout the year, I’ll share some of the successes and failures. For now, I’m going to make the healthy choice to stop sitting in front of the computer this morning and get on the treadmill. And that’s a win.
I’d love to hear about resolutions or un-resolutions that you have made this year. Tell us about them in the Comments below.