The Missing Resolution in Your New Year Resolutions

To be cliche, I have another New Year resolutions post for you.

Why so many new year resolution posts? They are important to our growth as professionals and human beings.

If you don’t make resolutions or set goals then you are not committed to growth, to becoming a better version of yourself.

Making resolutions is healthy and necessary. Some of the world’s most successful and greatest people made resolutions.

Benjamin Franklin listed resolutions as one of the 13 essential virtues. Between the ages of 19 and 20, Jonathan Edwards – America’s greatest philosopher and theologian – penned his famous 70 resolutions. There were many other famous resolutions made by historic people.

Many contribute their success to goal-setting and resolution making. Their successful not because they are good at setting goals or resolutions, but at keeping them. The easy part is making the resolution. It’s accomplishing it that becomes difficult.

Why is it so difficult? We are fleshly. We get bored. We get distracted. We lose focus. We lose what matters most. We lack endurance. We lack grit. And many more reasons.

There is one thing that tops the aforementioned list. They all miss the single, most important resolution. The resolution to be resolved.

Resolved: to be resolute, to be firmly determined to accomplish what you set out to do.

Notice the tense of the verb. Past tense. It means you have pre-committed yourself to ensuring you make things happen; to ensure that you will accomplish all that you set out to do.

To be resolved means that you have made up your mind.

In other words, it means that you are committed to your goals. That your yes is yes and your no is no.

This New Year, will you begin your resolutions by being resolved?

(Wether you fail or succeed at your resolutions, you fail. Listen to this podcast as to why I think that.)

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