Friday, December 26, 2008

The resolution game

This will be the year that I continue my resolution without giving up. What good is a resolution that doesn't last, right? Well I have done a survey of other peoples resolution plans and was shocked to find that many of them aren't participating in the resolution game this year. They know all too well that it is a promise meant to be broken. After all, why set yourself up for almost certain failure and the depression that follows. A resolution might be thought of as an admission of some sort of dysfunction and a desire to correct it. Some may think it's a sort of "to do list" of things we want to do but don't get around to. But I believe a true resolution is made in the spirit of self-improvement. It should also be realistic yet challenging. So here is my short list of resolutions:
1. Daily exercise--In the past I have tried to go to the gym 3 times a week, this has worked out to actually going once a week. I will try for a daily workout and then end up actually going three times a week.
2. Spend less--this is easy, no money=less spending.
3. Be more disciplined and less philosophical--Kolb and many astrologers know it is easier for me to think about the reasons for doing things than to actually do them. This is my dysfunctional personality flaw/habit. In order to be successful at this resolution I will have to surround myself with other highly disciplined people. I will either end up more like them or just stay the same but have a greater understanding of just how extremely lazy I am compared to them.
So there it is, if I fail at two of these goals, I can still take credit for at least one--I think the rules of the game are that you only need to make one resolution. In the worst case scenario, all three fail; then I am just like all of my friends. I guess its a win-win no matter what.

1 comment:

Ray of Sunshine said...

The resolution game is quite an interesting concept considering how many people tend to break the rules before barely getting started. I remember setting up resolutions every single year to lose weight and work out more, but failing miserably after like the fourth or fifth month. I'm not sure yet if I want to continue on with the same resolution, possibly setting myself up to fail or if I should simply choose another resolution that is far more realistic. One of the most kept resolutions for me has been in becoming a partial vegetarian (eliminating pork and beef from my diet) for the past two years. While I'm proud of myself for keeping my promise never to eat pork or beef again, I find myself eating chicken wayyyy too much, so this may be my next resolution...to eat less chicken and more veggies, but don't hold me to it yet. It may not be the most realistic and we know how we need to keep it real, lol.

Good luck on your new years resolutions!