Lots of discussion seems to center on whether or not to make New Year’s resolutions that may be a dim, disquieting memory by April–or February.
When I was a child, each of us had to make a list of our resolutions, but it was more of a traditional exercise than a real commitment. No one ever checked up on the possibility of follow-through. I remember resolving to read my Bible every day. Then on the morning when I realized I hadn’t read my Bible the day before, I was somewhat relieved. The resolution was broken; I had no more responsibility to it.
For several years now, rather than make resolutions, I choose categories that I want to improve on. I set objectives and list strategies for reaching those objectives. (One strategy is to read through them each week.) My categories are Home and Family, Spiritual, Professional, Personal, and Social. Often my objectives are the same as last year, but my ideas for achieving them can differ. My exercise strategy is almost always to exercise by walking, dancing, or working out (at Curves) five times a week. Lest you be too impressed, on day three of this year I have yet to exercise. 🙂
Sometimes I want to take particular care to connect with certain people, whether in category Spiritual, Personal, or Social. I may choose to mentor or be mentored. Of course some things overlap, which is fine. For example, in 2012 my family goals were entwined with my spiritual goals because all nine of us went on a mission trip and lived together for seven weeks.
Do you make resolutions or plans?