Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Resolving not to resolve

I dont know that I have ever actually formally made a new year's resolution,  but personally I think it is a terrible time to take on new things.   I get it,  there is a calendar reset, everything is starting over again.  But,  if you are anything like most people, you are coming off an insane holiday season, work just got crazy to close out the year, and for you stay at home parents out there,  you have had the kids in the house for almost 2 weeks with no school.

I think if anything January 1st is a perfect time to resolve not to resolve to do anything,  but to rather recover, and reset your "normal" life and schedule.

I mean, really, thursday you are heading straight to the gym, firing up that home business, throw out all the junk food, or reading the book of Genesis?  No wonder so many people feel so discouraged by February.

So as not to be too negative,  I do have an alternative idea.   Instead of resolving to do something that requires an immediate start, and full attention,  why not use the calendar year as an opportunity to set your real goals for the whole year?   If it is about what you want to do in 2014,  then you can still take the first week, be real with yourself, put a real plan together, and go get it in week 2 rather than giving up on it.

So here you are, tonight you get to make that commitment you have been thinking about for the past few weeks,  or at least since eating 6 too many Christmas cookies.  Be real with yourself, and make 2014 the year you want it to be, rather than letting it tell you that you can't.

As for me, I have this horrible habit in my etsy shop.  I have been running it since 2007,  it is a hobby for me,  but I always wait to make somethting new until I sell out of everything.  Not really a great strategy.  So for 2014,  my goal is to not let it get empty.  I dont need to make a certain amount each month, or sell so many items,  just not let it get empty.  What do you think,  will I make it?

What is your resolution?  Or are you resolving not to make a resolution?  Or do you have a completely different take on this than I do?  Whatever your plans hold,  I hope you stay safe tonight,  and have a fantastic 2014!!

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I've been thinking almost the same thing - I do have plans and goals that I feel I can finally work on after a hectic holiday season, but nothing that's dependent on starting January 1st and making or breaking it!
    My resolution is simple - to experiment with one or two new mediums this year. I'm looking forward to it. Hope you have a great year ahead of you!