We are all familiar with InFaMoUs New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve read the statistics for the percentage of people who actually stick to them – its DiSmaL. I think one explanation may be that for some reason JaNuAry 1st seems to be this magical “date”. As the calendar turns over, people think they have turned over a new leaf, as well. However, because of their inactivity, instead of being able to “HiT tHe GroUnd rUnNing” many people find that they are HiGh-CeNteRed and just can’t seem to overcome the inertia. I know. I’ve been there many times.
A few years ago I, unintentionally, was motivated to come up with a list (in September/October) of projects I wanted to complete by January 1. The list was long. But I was so InSpiRed to check off all my projects by the NeW YeAr that it propelled me forward. I knew that if I only accomplished half the list, or even a fourth of the list, I could count it a success. I was doubtful that I could complete the list, but once I got the ball rolling it was like a MoViNg TrAiN. Not only did I complete the list, I ended up adding more projects to the list.
As Lara and I have been talking about our “Live-It List” lately, I decided to do the same thing this year and surprisingly the same results occurred. Why, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because mentally it makes me feel as though I am getting a HeAd StArT on the new year. Maybe it’s because the thought of having all of these projects done before January 1 is (for me) down right ExCiTiNg. Whatever it is, I think I have a new take on the New Year’s Resolution. I’m calling it “ReVeRsE ReSoLuTion”. Basically, instead of designating January 1 the start date, I am designating it the end date. Does that mean that I won’t have any goals for the New Year? No. But it does mean that I can TaKe tHe PreSsuRe oFf and actually enjoy the beginning of a new year as I “hit the ground running.”