As 2011 turns the corner, I contemplate the whole resolution idea. Looking back on past years, I strain my brain to even recall a single resolution I made to myself. Certainly there were a number of promises made, probably to loose weight, reorganize, or exercise more often. But, because I can't recall specifics, I am quite sure that none of those noble ideas were followed up on past the month of January.
So why do we set ourselves up for failure by resolving to achieve these generic, non-specific goals, with no plan, no map, no check list? The answer is that we don't really want to achieve these resolutions. Somehow, we think we are obligated to make a New Year's resolution and it doesn't cross our mind until the new year is on our heals. Then we go into panic mode and grasp at those traditional big dream wishes. You know exactly what I'm talking about! It goes something like this:
"The skinnier me will be so much happier and I'll work out twice a day Monday through Sunday. I'll maintain total organization in every aspect of my life. Dinner will find it's way to the table nightly on actual plates and I will spend an hour of 'quality time' with each kid on a daily basis. The house will stay clean, the laundry will always be caught up, the mail will be opened and the bills paid on time."
I wonder why most New Year's resolutions are broken by January 2nd! Oh, that's right, because they are big, fat, pie-in-the-sky, could-a, would-a, should-a pipe dreams!!!
For 2011, I'm setting myself up for true success. I resolve to: 1) eat food every day and 2) occasionally get some kind of physical activity. I'll tackle organizing one or two drawers in 2012!