Sunday, December 29, 2013

Resolutions vs. Plans

Phew! What a crazy holiday!  This November and December was intensely art-filled, and it was freaking fabulous!  Thankfully, I got everything out the door in time - even though the USPS failed me on a couple occasions...if only I could teleport and deliver all my packages personally!

The great thing about having shipping deadlines is that it left us with time to relax for the few days before Christmas.  This holiday consisted of a serious amount of sleeping, and a serious amount of food.  So. Much. Food.  I feel very squishy.

However, as 2013 draws to a close, I am very excited to get back into the swing of things!  I got my 2014 planner in October (this is a joyous event that I look forward to every year...I'm a freakish organizational nerd) and have been busy filling it up with various things to come in the new year.  I have a few plans in mind, a few trips on the docket, and some fabulous people that I look forward to spending more time with. 

Let's not mistake these things for "resolutions", however. 

noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\
: the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.
: the act of resolving something
: an answer or solution to something

At this time of year, I am constantly hearing people make these statements and declarations about things that they are going to do starting in January, or at some point in the coming 365 days.  Their "New Year's Resolutions". 

Most of the time, I find that these declared resolutions actually fit more nicely into one of the two below categories:

noun \ˈgōl, chiefly Northern especially in 1b & 3a also ˈgül\
: something that you are trying to do or achieve


noun \in-ˈten(t)-shən\
: the thing that you plan to do or achieve
: an aim or purpose
: a determination to act in a certain way
: what one intends to do or bring about

Working out more, losing __ pounds, quit smoking, quit drinking, the list goes on. 

I know that this is just me being picky about semantics.  But I feel like there are a lot of people that make these 'resolutions', and by February they are a distant memory. Why is that?

There are also these things:

noun, often attributive \ˈdrēm\
: something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time
: a strongly desired goal or purpose

noun \ˌas-pə-ˈrā-shən\
: a strong desire to achieve something high or great

Now we're increasing the magnitude of the words.  Dreams and aspirations.  Those sound like long-term ideas, right?  Not something that most people think about doing in the next few months.  But why not?  Every idea has to start somewhere, right?  It isn't just going to happen in one day, it takes lots and lots of little steps in the direction of your dream.  Steps that you can easily start taking in January. 

All these things stem from this:

verb \di-ˈzī(-ə)r, dē-\
: to want or wish for (something)
: to feel desire for (something)
: to long or hope for

But desire means nothing if you don't have this:

noun \kə-ˈmit-mənt\
: a promise to do or give something
: a promise to be loyal to someone or something
: the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something

Without this key factor, NONE of these things will ever come to fruition.  Ever. 

Probably 90% of people don't follow through with their "resolutions" past March.  Why is that? Do people make resolutions because they feel like they should? New Year, New Me?  That whole concept? 

If you really, truly want something, you are going to COMMIT to getting it.  So what is it? What is it that you DESIRE? DREAM about? ASPIRE to?  Solidify your vision, and just fucking do it.  Figure out what steps you need to take to get there, and make it happen.  Quit being a wiener.  Quit making excuses.  Make a promise to yourself.  Be loyal to yourself.  Take care of yourself. LOVE yourself.  Respect yourself enough to follow through with the things you've always dreamed about. 

Don't know how to get started?  Let's chat about it!  Contact me HERE, HERE or HERE

You have unlimited potential as a human.  Let's embrace it. Let's make some PLANS.

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