It's a New Year! Do Something...


I’m not sure if you made a New Year’s resolution or not but for the longest time I've resolved to not make resolutions.  Instead I like to set goals.  Now, I know some people may read this and say “that’s semantics” but for whatever reason It’s a big deal to me.

Here is the difference.  A “Resolution” is a formal expression/determination of an opinion or an intention made which should inform a set of actions.  Essentially it is a deep rooted conviction.  This conviction is supposed to lead to someone changing their behavior.  The problem with New Year’s resolutions are that people make these “resolutions” based on a tradition they don’t understand and end up coming up with “convictions/resolutions” they don’t really have.  A “Goal” is an achievement which a person’s effort is directed.  This is different from a resolution because though it may revolve around a conviction or set of convictions it is not a conviction itself.

I’m all about setting and achieving goals and I think that when its appropriate a person should make new resolutions.  Overall I think it is important to set out to achieve something every year and celebrate those achievements when they've been accomplished.  Here are a few questions to consider:

Reflecting on Last Year:

  1. What resolutions or goals did you make last year?  How did you do with them?
  2. Did you physically write out your goals last year?
  3. What stuck?  Why?
  4. What risks did you take?  Did they work for you?
  5. In what ways do you feel like you are a better person?
  6. How did you pour your life into others?
  7. How did you change the world?

Thinking about This Year:

  1. Did you make any New Years resolutions?  If so what are they?
  2. What are the New Years resolutions you have made over the years that have stuck with you?
  3. What is the difference between a goal and a resolution?
  4. Have you written your goals and/or resolutions down on paper?
  5. If you haven’t come up with any goals or resolutions take some time and think of some, this may include goals that are:
    1. Spiritual
    2. Physical
    3. Emotional
    4. Practical
    5. Impractical
  6. What risks will you take?
  7. How will you seek to grow as a person?
  8. How will you pour your life into others?
  9. How will you change the world?