Blog Topic – New Years resolutions or no? If yes, what are yours? If no, why?
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I don’t do New Year’s resolutions mainly because I don’t like to make promises to myself that I am guaranteed to break. I just think that’s psychologically unhealthy. I don’t know anyone who has ever kept a New Years’s resolution. I know people who have later made good on those resolutions, but not at New Year’s. That includes me. Yes, I have done this myself and then sworn off doing it in the future because it just caused unrealistic expectations and guilty feelings when I failed.
I do use New Year’s to evaluation my previous year and to make plans for my coming year. Those plans are not set in stone. I don’t say “This year I will build a storehouse and put all my surplus in there and then live off my great planning.” That didn’t work out so well for the guy Jesus talked about in the Bible. My plans are more like “If things work out, I’d like to do these things this year and I hope that what comes from it are these benefits.”
Do you see the difference? There is nothing wrong with planning for the future. That’s a good way to live our lives. But resolutions are about promising we’re going to do something, usually something hard, that usually depends on our own self-will.
I don’t make promises to myself that I know I won’t keep. I make plans that are adjustable to the circumstances that come up during the execution.
My plans for this coming year are to help my husband build the cabin and to publish at least one, probably two books and to, hopefully, draft a third one. And there may be an epic canoe trip in Summer 2017.