The word resolution as defined by Webster means: 1 - the act or process of resolving.
I think a part of my adversion to resolutions has always been that I break them as do many people I know so what's the point of making them if we're not going to follow through? Then I thought about the dream boards and vision boards and all sorts of other tools I've made throughtout the years and still not accomplished some things. Let that not be discouraging as there are many things I have accomplished and there are those which have somehow just managed to get done without any fanfare or fru-fru. My point? Without dreams, visions, resolutions we would not set goals or have plans or see those things come to fruition. We would not form habits that are lasting. Kind of like cooking or cleaning or many of those everyday tasks we no longer think about. If we didn't access the fact that there are dirty clothes which need to have something done with them, would we just continue buying new ones or would we put the dirty ones back on? Most of us are going to see that the laundry needs to be done, put the clothes in the washer (along with detergent and possibly softener), turn it on, run the cycle and then either hang to dry or place in the dryer. After that, we will remove and fold or hang and (sometimes) put where they belong. Goal accomplished! Clean clothes.
Resolutions are much the same. They are dreams, visions or goals which need a process in order to accomplish. Perhaps we need to really give these some thought before claiming them. Are we really going to follow through? Is that particular thing or idea important enough for us to do what needs to be done to actually accomplish it? Is it hard enough to really be considered and yet possible (even if it means stretching or reaching beyond our comfort zone) to complete?
I know, for me, sometimes when it gets hard or inconvenient, I let it go thinking I'll come back to it and then somehow with each passing hour, day, week, month, it's easier and easier to never make it a priority again. So, this year - 2017 - I resolve to make my list big, but not insurmountable and focus on holding myself accountable.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and very prosperous New Year!