Tag: resolutions

More resolutions for the irresolute

I’m not really a resolutions type of gal. Resolutions require you to draw a line in the sand, and presumably, at some point, cross that line, an action I’m generally adverse to. I got around this in my resolutions last year by setting guidelines for myself that I largely already meet. Pretty weak. So this year, I plan to:

  1. photoPay attention to what I am doing. If I succeed, I’ll probably notice some of the things I’m doing are dumb and then I can stop doing them. (My version of being present.)
  2. Do more things just because they’re fun. What’s wrong with having a little fun? I could make an argument that in the last couple of years, I have not had enough fun.
  3. Stop feeling guilty about #2. Guilt has a way of taking the fun out of having fun.
  4. Write something every day, even if it’s just a haiku in my Twitter feed.
  5. Occasionally, write something more than a haiku in my Twitter feed. To keep me motivated, I’ve joined Jeff Goins’ 500-words-a-day challenge.
  6. Enjoy things. I want more moments in my life to feel like the bliss of a hot shower on a cold day (or a cold shower on a hot day. Can’t decide which feels more blissful).
  7. I’d say appreciate the time I have with my kids, but honestly, some of the time I spend with my kids is a grind, for them and me. Instead, I’ll focus on trying not to get ticked off about stuff I probably won’t remember the next day.

These resolutions don’t sound very challenging, but I think, perhaps, life shouldn’t be a constant challenge. You can’t win a race – or lose it – if you’re the only one running.

Happy New Year!

Thanks to Tela, Inc. for the bee-yoo-tee-ful visual.

A few New Year’s resolutions for the irresolute

Well, here it is the New Year again, that magic moment when we are supposed to drop all our bad habits and institute perfect new ones. Are you a natural at this? I’m not. And frankly, by January I’m exhausted. We’ve just been through six frenzied weeks of either celebrating holidays or preparing for holidays. We’ve had guests come and go. And to top it all off, the New Year in Minnesota is dark. And cold. How do you choose the right route in that frame of mind?

Most of us from time to time will reach a point where we are unsure how to act or proceed. Not sure how to go forward? Here are my proposed resolutions for the irresolute, for those times when you just don’t know what to do. Feel free to co-opt one or all.

  1. I resolve to get some data so I can reduce the guesswork about which way to proceed.
  2. I resolve to trust my intuition – if something feels like the right course of action, I will take it.
  3. I resolve to ask my customers if I have a question about my products or services.
  4. I resolve to ask someone for help if I cannot make my decisions alone.
  5. I resolve to remember that if I make a mistake I can take actions to correct it.
  6. I resolve to forgive myself for not always having the right answer.
  7. I resolve to use hindsight as a tool to learn, not beat myself up for the decisions I’ve made.

Happy New Year, everybody. I wish you peace, prosperity, and joy.

Have a resolution (past or present) that you’d like to share?