It’s that time of year. People are making resolutions, talking about them, talking about strategies to keep those resolutions, etc. We’ve all made resolutions, and we’ve all failed at them. I generally don’t make New Years resolutions because I generally am good at keeping them for a grand total of six hours. And then it’s all over. I do, however, have a few resolutions for this year. Typically, when people talk about resolutions, they talk about having definable goals, small goals when can later be expanded, etc. This year, I’m going against the advice of the experts. I think my resolutions for this year should be ones we make every day, not just at the beginning of the year. My resolutions are:
Be less stupid. I promise this resolution isn’t as self-deprecating as it sounds. We all have moments of stupidity and places in our life where we repeatedly make stupid decisions. I have a few in mind where I seem to continually act (or feel) stupid. So, I want to be less stupid in these areas. How do you be less stupid? The main way to be less stupid is to be honest about situations you are in (usually, being honest to yourself), and acting upon/making decisions based on the actual facts, not what you want to be true.
Make different mistakes. I have a few areas in my life–actually the same ones I’m stupid in–where I feel like I always make the same mistakes. So, I want to make different mistakes and feel like I’ve actually learned something from the ones I’ve made a million times. Making different mistakes is going to require having a little bit of courage and taking some risks. You know that definition of insanity that gets thrown around–doing something the same way over and over again but expecting different results? Yeah, that’s me. So, I’m resolving to be less insane, which will hopefully help me be less stupid.
And now we’ve come full circle.
What are your resolutions for this year? What tips do you have for staying on track?