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Hey, guess what? It’s that time again.
That opportunistic time of year.
Time for change. Time to turn over a new leaf.
Time for a fresh-clean-start.
That’s right, it’s January 1st, a time of…Resolution!
Damn, sounds exciting doesn’t it?
So then why the sky-scraping failure rate when it comes to realizing New Year’s Resolutions?
After all, resolution by definition is the state or quality of being resolute.
It suggests a “resolving” to do something.
And resolve by most standards is considered a top-tier characteristic, one that generally conveys a significantly higher level of credibility than…oh, let’s say…intention.
For example, if I were to describe you as someone with good intentions, it could inadvertently insinuate that your capacity and/or willingness to get the job done are at times questionable.
However, if I portray you as someone having strong resolve, well now that I think you’d agree casts a much more praiseworthy compliment.
So again, why is it when we decisively “resolve” to do something do we continually miss the mark?
The answer is quite simple really:
Christmas has passed, and that means the time has come to eighty-six the wish list and get out the ol’ to do list.
SOLVING THE RESOLVING PUZZLE
Correct me if I’m wrong, but based on the time-honored premise that when one “resolves” to do something, one logically assumes that there’s a better than good chance that he or she will get it done.
However, as we’ve just established this doesn’t always wind up being the case.
And as in the case of New Years Resolutions (aka long term goals) it seldom ever does.
And that’s simply because there are a couple of additional pieces needed to solving this here puzzle.
Two words to be exact.
Two small and unassuming words that have an uncanny knack for managing to slip under the radar.
Care to guess what those two words might be?
Here’s a hint:
Think Dorothy’s dog in The Wizard of Oz.
That’s right, Toto.
Now say it the way Dorothy said it.
Ah ha, Todo
Now divide Todo into two syllables and then swap out the Ō sound for an Ü sound, as in the word, Blue.
Y’see, by resolving “to do” something, you’re essentially affirming that you will do it—that you’re going to do it.
Thereby, when you resolve to do something it in no way shape or form substantiates that you’ve done anything!
Suffice it to say that at this stage in the game regardless of whether you resolve to do it or intend to do it you ain’t done squat.
TO DO OR NOT TO DO?THAT IS THE QUESTION.
Surely you’ve heard the old adage, “The hardest part of a journey is the first step.” Well I for one vehemently disagree.
Let’s say at the strike of twelve you resolve to get in the best shape of your entire adult life. And let’s suppose on that afternoon you make a beeline for the gym and spend two and a half hours working your gluteus to the maximus.
First off, congrats.
But honestly, how freaking hard was that?
If you want hard try hitting the gym again on the next day, and on the next day, and again on the day after that.
If you want hard try doing it over and over, for a week or two, a month or two—a year or two.
Y’see the challenge isn’t in making a commitment—it’s in remaining committed.
And it’s here that our resolve has a chronic propensity to wane.
It’s here—in the long run—where we ultimately fall short.
So, is it because your good intentions just aren’t good enough? Maybe.
Is it that your resolve isn’t quite strong enough? Possibly.
Or, could it be that you’ve simply set the bar a little too high—maybe took on a little more than you’re willing to admit?
Tony Robbins once said, “If you do it for a few minutes one time it’ll change your day. If you do it for a few minutes every day it’ll change your life.”
Now with that I wholeheartedly agree.
However, if you do in fact have a prolonged history of failed resolutions and/or long term goals I think you might find it refreshingly beneficial to concentrate on changing your day as opposed to changing your life.
That being said, what do you say we take a look-see at that ol’ to do list?
What do you say we sideline any long-drawn-out big hairy audacious resolutions for now and work on some things that aren’t so overpowering?
Things you can quickly and easily accomplish.
Things like trying that new carne asada recipe or changing the oil in your F150.
Things that can help build your confidence by acting as a motivational primer to those sometimes seemingly larger than life ambitions.
Hey, the simple truth of the matter is a little instant gratification never hurt anybody.
In fact, at times it can feel pretty damn good.
Y’know, as in gettin some shit done sorta good.
So what do ya say? One thing, once a day…every day.
No resolving, no intending, no maybe, might, or gonna do it—just flat out knockin it out and gettin her done.
Bada bing, bada boom baby!
See ya Feb 1st. Till then, keeep it up.