I think we all know when we’re setting ourselves up for failure. Most of us have come to our senses as adults and abolished the idea of resolutions, or at the very least, we make small resolutions that are attainable. After all, it’s the little things that count, right?
A year is a looooong time, folks. 12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. 8,760 hours. 525,600 minutes. You know how they say to make every second count? Well, in just one year, that gives us 31,536,000 chances to muff it up. Most of those seconds are either spent sleeping or stressing about things beyond our control. (Or, worse yet, stressing about things within our control, like the resolutions we broke.) It’s no wonder so many of us die young.
I’m proposing a new plan: daily resolutions.
Just one thing, every day. Doesn’t have to be something big. Doesn’t have to be life-changing. Doesn’t have to extend beyond 24 hours. Do yourself a favor and don’t tell anyone what you’ve resolved each day. Don’t plan your resolutions ahead of time. If you wake up in the morning and dread doing the dishes you left from the night before, resolve to do them the moment you hop out of bed. Then just do it. Bam. Resolution accomplished. You’ve set a tone of success for your entire day.
I’m probably the worst when it comes to practicing what I preach. I can come up with all sorts of ideas and yet never put them into practice myself. But I promise you, I’m going to try to do this. There’s no reason not to. It’s the unwritten law of accomplishment – once you’ve started the ball rolling, it’s amazing how much motivation and what an overwhelming sense of pride you will find, and the positive spin you will inadvertently put on everything else in your life. Maybe you’ve been feeling like a Negative Nancy lately, and you resolve to compliment two people tomorrow. I guarantee that if you dole out those two compliments, dozens more more will roll off your tongue. I’ve experienced it myself.
So no, I’m not putting any long-term resolutions out there for 2012. If I were, I suppose I’d call it “make 2012 better than 2011”. (Not hard in my case, and the cases of many of my friends/family. 2011 was a roller coaster with more lows than highs for a lot of us. If it was for you, too, I send hugs.)
I played the victim too much in 2011. I let bad things get the best of me and allowed good things to seem mediocre. I only saw the long haul ahead of me, not the little things I could do to make right now count. Maybe you did, too.
Tomorrow’s a new day.
Heck, it’s a new year.
Let’s go crazy. 🙂
“Happy New Year, may we all have a vision now and then, of a world where every neighbour is a friend. Happy New Year, may we all have our hopes, our will to try. If we don’t, we might as well lay down and die.” ~ ABBA, ‘Happy New Year’