“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” ~Jack Dixon (Author)
Looking on Facebook and Twitter, I have been looking over New Year’s Resolutions updates. I ran across this quote as I was looking for inspiration about changes for my own resolutions and wondered, “Why bother to make any New Year’s Resolutions at all?” Afterall, there is plenty of data that shows that resolutions often are doomed to fail.
This has put me more in a Mark Twain mood when it comes to resolutions. Twain once said:
Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.
So, this year I have decidednot to have any specific New Year’s Resolutions. I’m not saying that I’m perfect, but I think my approach has changed from previous years. I have learned that I am healthiest when I am doing what makes me happy. So, that is simply how I will try to live this year: by doing as many of those things that make me happy.
For example, each year people wonder how I manage to not gain holiday weight. Answer: I dance, hike, and do yoga. These things make me happy and I don’t have to force myself to excercise by doing them. No going to the gym, pressures to impress, or subscribe to memberships.
Creativity resolution? Scrapbooking makes me happy so I will be doing that this year.
Need to see new things? I will carry my camera around more so I can take new pictures and support my writing and scrapbooking habits.
I’ve got one body and one life and I might as well be happy and creative as I do things. I’ve learned that sometimes you find exactly what you need or have been looking for when you stop trying to impress/please everyone else and just please yourself.
Think about what makes you happy and maybe you will find it already fulfills your desire to create a resolution.
- 5 Reasons Not to Post a New Year’s Resolution Post (practicalwhimsy.wordpress.com)
- New Year’s Resolutions: Three Things People Will Strive for in 2012 (inquisitr.com)
- Making And Keeping Your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions…With Social Media! (socialtimes.com)
- To Make Or Not To Make: The New Year’s Resolution (forevertwentysomethings.com)