All of this talk on the interweb of new year resolutions and decisions, and stick-to-it-tiveness brings the conversation over to a more philosophical discussion. What exactly is a resolution and how can people resolve to change over the new year? And, is the word used correctly in the sentence?
According to Merriam-Webster the word “resolve” means to solve or settle something, or decide something. Ok, so for this article, the object is to create a resolution for the new year. So it is time to decide to do something in the coming year. How about a resolution to publish more this year. Last year two works were published. This year – more. It seems as though it would help to add a little more detail, because without the number could be 2.25 and there would leave an unfinished piece. The success-determining bar does like to be set high and cause this writer a challenge. So this year’s resolve is going toward publishing at least 4 works this year, with a publishing house, not self-published. That will involve more consistency with writing, so there may be a challenge there too.
The word “resolving” (Merriam-Webster) means in progress, solving or deciding. So here the desire for resolving the publishing idea is already in the works and the momentum is there. But what is missing? Detail. When writing goals at any time throughout the year, everyone should follow a few guidelines.
Write – When resolving a resolution it is important that the idea gets into the brain and memory. Writing is one of the ways that the subconscious can grab onto information.
Revisit – Go back and look at the list, over and over again.
Tell someone – Speaking resolutions can also help place important information in the brain
Tell me – Saying positive things to oneself can be very imprinting.
See it – Take an idea, close the eyes, lay back, and picture everything during and after the goal is accomplished.
Disclaimer: I am not a goal-setting expert but have intuitively tried some of these ideas and enjoyed the outcome over the past couple of decades.
Merriam-Webster defines “resolution” as the answer or solution to an issue. Picturing the end of the resolution, when the action has already been taken, is an effective way to help the subconscious break the process into steps and feel more reasonable. It seems as though any thought in the direction of the goal that is positive can help motivate people that subsequently accomplish tasks that help move the goal through to the end.
This article has been a bit silly, and a big play on words, but the crux of the piece is about being proactive about dreams and goals in life. How to create comes from how to see it in the mind, and take the action necessary to see it through. Resolve to create goals for the new year, for each month, or each day that lead through to the dreams and goals that may have been left unfinished.
Goals are sometimes difficult because humans make them difficult. The brain works overtime and can become a barrier to accomplishment, do not let the brain go into overdrive. Over this year’s New Year, resolve to create true resolutions, while resolving to take action on those resolutions. And, enjoy the holiday.