In a flashback post, Sloughing Off 2011, I mentioned that I don’t believe in making New Year’s Resolutions. I made them when I was a kid, just because I thought that’s what you were supposed to do. As I got older, I realized that “resolutions” can be made at any time, not just during the New Year. And now, I understand that more important than a resolution, which is the determination to do something, is goal-setting, accompanied with a plan to achieve said goal. And you don’t have to wait until New Year’s Day to begin.
For the past two years I have been settling comfortably into writing for This and That With Calandra. A good friend continues to ask me the question, “So what’s your endgame?” I have yet to clearly answer that question, but that’s another post for another day! Another friend often speaks about planning wisely and working smarter instead of harder. I am thankful for these two individuals, who constantly remind me that you’ve got to work with the end in mind. And everything you do needs to point you closer to the goal. I recently posted on Instagram the following quote (source unknown), “Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.”
In short, a resolution means nothing without a goal and a plan to get to that goal. A resolution is merely a statement of intention. “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” – Peter F. Drucker. Secondly, don’t wait for the New Year, or your birthday, or some other significant day. ANY day is a new day for transition. So instead of chanting mantras and collecting quotes, ask yourself, “What are my immediate goals? How do I plan to make them happen?” So skip the resolutions! Set a goal, plan the work, and then work the plan.