Words of WisDUMB: “Keeping a New Year’s Resolution”
Ladies and gentle gents, it’s that time of year again: time to come up with a New Year’s resolution (and no, gentle gents, we don’t mean for your HDTV). If you have already come up with one (which you should have by now, as it is halfway through January), it’s that time of year again: time to be intentional and proactive about following through with your intended resolution for the year. For the two of us, half of our resolutions are to resolve to keep our other resolutions for more than a month. We usually make it about three days. However, this year, 2013, The Year That Was Never Supposed to Be, we are determined to make the most of what we have and go through with each of our resolutions. We would like to explain to you the best way to persevere with your resolutions and a few examples of the resolutions we have so as to inspire you with your own.
The first piece of advice we have is to make resolutions with lots of loopholes. For example, you don’t want to be bound by a resolution like, “I will eat one serving of vegetables at every meal,” or even, “I will eat healthily.” Those are way too specific and will cause you to regret and despise your resolution. Phrasing is everything. Say something more along the lines of: “I will eat more vegetables,” or, “I will eat healthier.” The key is to ensure ambiguity in comparing with last year, not establish a quantifiable requirement to achieve. This will boost self-esteem and keep you on track for accomplishing your resolution (whether or not you remember what it was by the time March rolls around).
Secondly, don’t make just one or two resolutions. Make as many resolutions as you can. This way, you have a better chance at going through with one. As time passes, you can weed out the ones that become bothersome, aren’t conceivable, and/or just don’t fit your schedule. Before you know it, you’ve narrowed it down to a few to focus on. By that time, you should be quite thrilled with these, since they have come to the forefront Bachelor-style (or Bachelorette-style, if you prefer. . . or American Idol-style, if that more suits your fancy. . . or you can come up with your own comparison).
The last thing we suggest to keep in mind is to have your resolution be something you would do already. If you do that, then you don’t have to worry about remembering because you’ll automatically fulfill it the entire year. You’ll feel so good about yourself by the time December 31 rolls around, you might not even need a New Year’s resolution for 2014 (or you might just repeat 2013’s).
Whatever you choose, make it a good one. Or several good ones. Some that we have are to eat a pound of spaghetti each month, go cross country skiing on the North Pole (and have hot cocoa with Mr. Claus), fall into radioactive waste and get super powers (crocheting for Brock and the ability to spontaneously create popcorn for Matt), do a handstand for seven minutes straight, wear all our clothes backwards for a whole day, watch the English Channel, swim BBC, and capture a dinosaur on the moon.
Oh, yeah. And become a better person. That, too.