My New Year’s Resolution – NOT!

I’ve never made New Year’s resolutions, and find it to be a counterproductive endeavor. I’ve watched others do it, and it seems to me to be the ultimate in setting one’s self up for failure. And, in my opinion we have enough problems with self-worth without making a ritual out of it every time December 31st rolls around. I mean, think about it; a resolution is a determination to do something we are not doing that we believe we should be doing; or to do something we already do, but do it better. In essence, we are judging our self to be inadequate in some way, and though it’s typically true that we are in some—or many—ways inadequate, to pursue correction once every 365 days will not generally garner substantial improvement.

The reality of it is that to make a resolution is typically done in hopes of improving one’s self in some regard, and if we only do it once a year, that itself is a problem. It’s almost like it isn’t even a serious proposal, because many of us would determine that the quicker we blow it, the sooner we can go back to doing what it was we tried to convince our self we didn’t want to continue doing.

My thought is we should make daily resolutions, keep them simple, and if we don’t succeed, try again the next day. Some of you may already know that I’m of the opinion that failure will happen, and the best way to combat it is to admit it happened, deal with the consequences then move forward, resolving to do our best to not make the same mistake again.

I feel like I’ve been running around the block here, and I’ve cut across a few lawns and dodged out in front of some cars. I can hear horns blaring and people screaming at me!

So my work here is done!

Conclusion: My New Year’s resolution is to mind my own business and not make any New Year’s resolutions!

(I’m making this a bonafide “Free Write” by Kellie’s definition, so there will be no re-write. What you see is what you get!) Nanner Nanner!

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26 Comments »

  1. I could not agree more! We should most definitely make daily resolutions rather than setting ourselves up for failure with such big expectations. I am not fond of the whole GO BIG or don’t go theory. Baby steps is more my pace. I believe setting small goals will allow one to actually feel that wondrous sense of accomplishment that so many miss out on by aiming too high at once. Thank you for your entry, Charles. Always a pleasure and I appreciate your loyalty to FWF! ♥

    Hugs!
    Kellie

    • Absolutely correct, Kellie! And, you are very welcome! I enjoy participating!
      Thanks for the visit and comment!

  2. Thank you for your visit and encouragement. May we both meet and exceed our goals in the coming year.

  3. jmdh said

    BINGO !!!!!!!

  4. terri0729 said

    LOL! Amen to that Charlie!!! We were on the same wave and riding it high 🙂 Blessings and love, Terri

  5. Abby Kelly said

    I’m with you – why wait till the New Year? If it needs doing, do it now!
    http://www.benjity.wordpress.com

  6. Love this!! I am afraid I stepped out in front of the car…lol I made some resolutions…but they were actually goals…I just like the sound of four syllables to begin my new year. 🙂

    • Well, Susie, I think it’s great you made some resolutions. It works for some folks, and might even work for me if I gave it a try. I’m just a stubborn ol’ coot, though! (I wonder what a coot is??)
      Thanks for the visit and comments!

  7. Well, it is is nice to know that I am not the only person who refuses to set resolutions because I am cementing failure just by the sheer mention of the world “resolution-tion-tion” .. notice the creepy echo.

    I make small attainable goals each day, like waking up and putting on my socks! 😉

    Great post. 😀

    • Socks aare good… especially in the winter! It’s sometimes the little things that keep us going down the right path.
      Thanks for the great comments comments comments… oooo… yes, I see what you mean.

  8. Sherry Mashburn said

    Small attainable goals set the pace for success. Great write!

  9. cheri said

    That was great!!(i came straight home) next trip–Miranda wants to see ya’ll:)

    • Okay! I will hold you to it by placing your gas money on my bookshelf! Hahaha! <—evil laugh

  10. Deborah said

    No resolutions here either.

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  12. “in my opinion we have enough problems with self-worth without making a ritual out of it every time December 31st rolls around” – Amen to that, Charles. Like minds we have. Thanks for visiting my blog last week. and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

    • You are very welcome, Sheila! Merry Christmas, and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on this post!

  13. elizena said

    I stopped making resolutions for the New Year, years ago. Now I make a resolution daily. Today I will smile. Today I will not allow the enemy to triumph in my life. And I remind myself that every day with Jesus is sweeter and better than the day before.
    I hope your celebration of our Savior’s birth was awesome and may your New Year be blessed to overflowing.

    In Christ Jesus,

    http://elizena-lovingmycreator.blogspot.com/

    • I’m with you, Elizena. I resolve to do my best each day, usually with no specifice goals.
      New Years blessings to you and your family, too.

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