It’s the second week into 2015. Most people have already stated their resolutions for the new year, and many have already thrown in the towel. I’m not usually one to make resolutions and make a big deal of the whole tradition, but this year I’m going to give it an honest shot.
I think the problem with most resolutions, at least the ones I hear people spouting out every new year’s eve, are just too ridiculous to attain or sustain for very long. We’ve all heard them, and usually every year from
the same people: “quit smoking, quit eating too much junk food, stop watching so much television, spend more time outside….etc, etc.” Now that I think about it, I hear more resolutions about quitting than starting anything.
I think the biggest problem with these resolutions are that the person making the resolution don’t really have a good reason for wanting to start or stop whatever activity they bring up in the resolutions. You need a driving force to either stop doing something negative, or begin doing something positive. That’s just how it is. No one really stops smoking just because they suddenly like clean air and morning jogs, or hold back on that extra piece of candy because they found an apple in the fridge, or spend more time outside because the internet just got a whole lot less interesting.
No, You need a driving force. Something that moves you in that direction. Whether that driving force is negative or positive, you need something. You quit smoking for a million reasons I’m not even going to begin to get into. You put down that snickers and find an apple because you seen a twinkle in your child’s eye, and longevity suddenly became a lot more important to you. You go outside to spend some free time doing something active because you seen yourself in the mirror for the first time in a month and had a fright. The point is, there has to be an incentive to do anything worth doing.
The whole point of making resolutions are about making a promise to yourself, and having those around you hold you responsible. That’s why you announce your resolutions. But even that isn’t enough if there isn’t a driving force behind it. You have to want the change. Also, and here’s the key, you have to make it attainable.
So, what are my resolutions this year?
1.) I’ve finally made it to a point in my life where I can slow down behind the computer and spend more time away from it. That doesn’t mean I will come to a screeching halt, I don’t think I could. Once you spend so much time doing something, it doesn’t feel right not to be doing it. I’ve spent the last 5 years slamming away at a keyboard and making noise trying to be heard and achieve a goal. With a lot of hard work, I’ve finally hit that goal.
2.) With that being said, it’s time to re-evaluate my life and decide upon some more goals. I’ve already started to put some into action, and a few that I’ve just been playing around with. I’ve never been really been one to have goals because they don’t usually pan out for me. But, I’ve even proven myself wrong on occasion. I’ve been playing around with a few ideas and a few key factors have come into play. I’ve met some great people, and have been put into a situation where things may actually come to fruition. I don’t want to go ahead and announce what those projects will be until I’m either beginning the process, or coming to the end of it.
3.) I’m going to make an honest attempt to at least post twice a month at this site, if not more. I do have other projects in the works, sites outside of this one, and I’m always working on something. Like I said in 1. and 2., I’ve achieved a major life goal, and it’s time for me to work on others. I plan on freeing up some time by slowing down. For this site, I don’t know if that’ll mean that I will work on more inspirational works, like this post, or more technical posts. Only time will be able to tell, but hopefully both.
And those are my resolutions for 2015. I’m going to try and work less and do more things worth doing with my life, like spend more time with my family and friends. I’m going to set more goals and work on achieving them. And, I’m going to try and spread my knowledge and feelings with the visitors of this site. Last year I made 4 posts, that’s about 1 every 3 months. That’s not a good run.
That’s also key to a good resolution, a little humility.
So, do you have any resolutions that you’d like to share with the world?