Year after year, we take time to write down resolutions that only pile up or go down the drain. We write plans. The idealist calls them dreams. The pessimist thinks they are empty promises that get forgotten. The doer calls them goals. I don’t write down resolutions, only realizations. And first on my list is an admittance that I am an idealist, a pessimist and a doer rolled into one.
I used to write down a long list of plans and dreams and goals. But as I grew older, I realized how hard it is to keep up with resolutions. I burned myself following every resolution, and in the end I blamed myself for the lack of discipline and self-control.
Here are some of the general things that were in my resolutions:
- Diet (got me all confused)
- Exercise (literally burnt me out)
- Which career move to take next
- How to save money and free myself of debt
- How to let go of everything and anything that’s stopping me from being a better version of myself.
It’s been three years now since I bade goodbye to writing resolutions and startedcontemplating on lessons learned for the year. 2018 taught me that resilience is the key to living a healthy life. I learned that people change, things change, life’s circumstances change. We grow and outgrow the hardships when we learn how to go with the tide.
Life is swell. Find your wave!
Don’t write resolutions. Think of the lessons instead and use these lessons to your advantage. I wish you all an amazing 2018!