The Weekly Dream: Cruel Intentions
Question of the Week: What is your New Year’s Resolution?
Happy New Year! I hope everyone rung in 2007 safely. I, for one, am full of optimism and anticipation as to what the next 12 months will bring. As always, I began by writing my New Year’s Resolutions and asking others to share their own. And as always, I am surprised by the amount of people who still do not make New Year’s Resolutions. We all know the statistics, most people who make them have broken them by February. Does this mean that resolutions are pointless? Au contrare!
In truth, most people do not make resolutions, they make New Year’s Intentions. A resolution is a formal expression of will. Intent is more of a thought or sentiment. The difference? Deliberateness. Most people are not deliberate enough to birth intent into resolve. As Jesus said, “The Spirit is willing, but the Flesh is weak.” However, I am confident we can OVERCOME our human frailty and have what we DESIRE in 2007.
What Do You Know?
First thing’s first. We need a course of action in order to achieve our goals. However, what do you know about the process you need to get from Point A to Point B? As Jesus so eloquently stated, “Who undertakes a work without first counting the cost?” We need to look at ourselves and be honest with ourselves as what we are really willing to give. If you know you do not get out of bed before noon, then do not plan on early morning workouts. I love bread and pasta, so I know the Atkins diet is not in my future for 2007. You must shape the process to conform to your lifestyle constraints. There is no shame in baby steps.
Next, we must take what we have learned about the process and put together a plan. This plan should be more definite, but it should possess some flexibility. For example, losing weight is not a resolution. A better way to state this is saying you will lose weight by drinking more water or not eating fast food. This is not a full plan, but you get the idea.
Make sure you write your plan complete with the reason why you are doing what you are doing. Capturing your motivation is key, so on those tough days, you can get back on track.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Also of the utmost importance, is to make sure you put your beautiful resolution in a visible place, so you can see it everyday. Do not let a day pass where you have not looked at it at least once, preferably at the beginning of the day. You must meditate on it day and night until it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Furthermore, this will enable you to track your progress. If you are off track, then you know where you went wrong and how to get back on track. Monitor yourself, it is a constant feedback system in order to achieve your goals.
This year is a fresh start, so treat it as such. Predictions simply serve as a baseline for planning. So do not be dismayed by getting off tracked. However, you make a grave error by not having a theme for the year. We must become more accountable for our time and other resources. Let us never again let another year pass and we do not know what we accomplished and what we learned. As always, I wish all of you truth, because it sets you free and peace, so that you are missing nothing.
If there is anyway we can help you, either through allowing you to share your resolutions and plan and, from time to time, your progress, feel free to do so. Studies show that goals are 90% more likely to be accomplished when you are accountable to someone else. So let us be your life coach ;).
Here’s to an excellent 2007!
The Weekly Dream