The Non-Resolution Resolution
2017 is going to be one of my best years… scratch that…
2017 is going to be THE best year ever!
I started the year off with an abundance of hope. I started the year off with a long list of New Year’s Resolutions, because I told myself, this will be the year. And like all other years before that, my so-called life-changing project became The Forgotten. No pun intended.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results
Story of my life. I make the same New Year’s Resolutions every single year and every single year is a fail. In a nutshell, I’m insane.
So, how do I break free from this insanity because obviously, it’s not working (obviously).
I don’t know what it is? Maybe it’s commitment issues– committing to doing/changing something for an entire year? That’s a long time. That’s 365 days. That’s 8,760 hours! That’s 525,600 minutes! Maybe it’s not so much the commitment, but the time it takes to accomplish said commitment. New Year’s Resolutions are not designed to give you 365 days to change. No, I have 365 days to keep the change to be able to call a New Year’s Resolution a success. Maybe that’s why 99% of the people who claim to resolute on New Year’s fail like I do.
It’s time to change that.
My solution to this absurd way of keeping people in a defeated mental path is a NON-RESOLUTION Resolutions. It really is just a set of goals, whether it’s a goal to change or attain something, that’s not made on a new year’s day. I just like the play on words.
Anyway, since my New Year’s resolutions didn’t pan out (again), I’ve decided to take baby steps. No way am I going to be defeated (again) by this stereotypical societal norm.
Instead of committing to 365 days (525,600 minutes!), I am giving myself 30-day challenges and monthly goals. I feel that having a shorter timeframe to accomplish something gives me a better chance to actually achieve it. It’s easier to monitor and after each accomplishment, I can be proud for accomplishing something. And once I’ve patted myself on the back (more like tooted my own horn), I’d feel inspired to continue and do more.
For example, I want to redecorate my home to make it look like Pinterest threw up all over it. That’s the end game. But there’s so much steps to take before that can happen. I have to declutter, which means going through all our stuff to figure out what needs to be thrown, kept, or stored. In my household and my fickleness, it takes a lot of energy and time to accomplish that. I’m not a billionaire, so it’s not like I can go out and buy all the furniture I want in one shopping spree. It would take some time to save and wait for amazing sales (duh). So my lover and I decided to set a goal to save and purchase a new furniture every month. I added an additional goal for myself on the side to tackle one area of the house to declutter every day. This month, we purchased a semi-rustic entertainment center for our living room. Today, I start my daily declutter project.
OLD NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
- Get back to “what I’m used to” weight of 115 pounds (I am currently bouncing at 131)
- Quit smoking
- Practice a healthier lifestyle
- Be more adventurous
- Travel More
- Be more thankful
- Have more faith
- Spend more quality time with my family
- Make my home more homey, physically and spiritually
- Write more
- Cross one thing off my bucket list
- Purchase a new addition for our home project
- Learn something new
First 30-Day Challenge
- Declutter or Organize one area in my home every day
- Make a gratitude journal and write in it everyday
- Walk/Run at least one mile every day
- No soda
- Save all my dollar bills and coins
- Meditate at least 5 minutes every day
Second 30-Day Challenge
- Do not get ahead of myself … TBD!