New Year Resolutions Are Worthless

new year resolutionsI despise new year “resolutions”.

New year resolutions are not goals. Although people claim to have these “goals”, they are just wishes that they hope magically come true for them.

I’m not being mean, condescending, hating or any other negative verb you could throw at me, but I AM being blunt and just saying what is.

How could I say that?

Easy…

By doing a quick Google search to define WISH, you will see:

wish
/wiSH/

verb:
1. feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that is not easily attainable; want something that cannot or probably will not happen.

noun:
1. a desire or hope for something to happen.

BLAH! That’s such a sissified, powerless verb! All of the strong desire, hope and positive thought in the world won’t get you anything or anywhere.

…and by doing a quick Google search to define GOAL, you will see:

goal
/gōl/

noun:
 2. the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

The “something” from exhibit-A is the “object” of exhibit-B.

To do or not to do?
THAT is the resolution!

Your concrete commitment is the resolution. To DO makes that “something“, that “object” your goal.  So clearly, when someone is telling you about what they want to achieve yet not doing anything to achieve it, they are only wishing.

Wishing: When they say they want to lose weight and will start working out in January…and it’s August!

Wishing: When they say they’re going to eat better in January…and still have thirty dinners to eat before it gets here!

New year resolutions give wishers more time to be lazy and undisciplined.

Working: Working out NOW, realizing that you have four months to lose weight and will be two sizes smaller BY January.

Working: Eating better NOW realizing that after thirty healthy dinners, you will be in the habit BY January.

Proactive workers set deadlines and milestones dates.

Still think new year resolutions are goals?

Well, how much ambition does a person really have to let a declared “number-in-a-box” be the deciding factor to when they should start working on their goals?

That’s not taking the initiative.

Furthermore, how much effort are they really giving [or even contain!], by letting thirty, sixty or ninety WHOLE days come and go while they do nothing?

A wish is something you ultimately want to come true.

A goal is something you actively make come true.

People with ambition are Workers.

They get started by making an effort and then set a future date to accomplish their goals BY.

People with hope are Wishers.

They continue to waste time and then set a future date that they expect to get procrastination out of their system.

That “something” will always be a distant “object” to wishers, but it will be the goal of workers.

When I hear someone speak on their new year resolutions, I ask them…

“Well, what are you going to do in the meantime?”

95% of the time: “Ummmm…”

A friend of mine asked me what my new year resolutions were.

To be honest, I haven’t made any since I was around twelve or thirteen years old.

But I do have a goal

…and by the end of this Gregorian calendar year, I plan to achieve this goal.

My goal of earning a full-time income entirely from my laptop.

Yes, I’m actively working on it

…and have been, well before January 1, 2014.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.

– Goethe

Not later, NOW.

Forget the new year resolutions and turn some-thing, some-how on some-day…

into THIS-thing, THIS-way by THIS-day!

Make the positive slight edge decision and the compound effect WILL kick in.


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