We are seven days into the new year. The loyal eight percent of Americans are on track to keep their resolutions while the rest of us tripped over the starting line. We all think upon the past year, seeing our successes and failures. Most of our successes are attributed to who we are or the skills we already have. This leads us to our failures, So we make resolutions to change: To be more generous, accomplish professional(or personal) goals, or live a healthier life style. So we start out the month by establishing a swear jar, a budget, and an exercise regiment. Two months later, the swear jar looks like a miniature bank vault, the budget bleeds red ink, and your bones feel like they’re made of Styrofoam because of many visits to the gym.
Why keep this ritual going every year if so many fail? Maybe the point of a resolution isn’t to make us better, happier, or more fulfilled people. Resolutions force us to look outside ourselves. They are annual reminders of a greater truth. We all want to become greater than who we are. We all yearn to grow into who we need to become. Growth must start on the inside and work until it is seen on the outside.
I actually like resolutions and I make several each year. I keep resolutions and I break resolutions every year. However, learning and growing every year is more important than keeping a list. My next post will include some of my 2013 resolutions. What are your resolutions? Have you kept them?