January 4, 2010

The No Resolution Revolution

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions when I realized that they were just another vehicle designed to set me up for failure.   Make a list, check it twice – BAH!  Tricks, mind teases?  What are we actually saying when each year we have the same d**n things on the list?  I’ve decided that I’m going to dedicate myself to making necessary life changes as they are needed, throughout the year on a daily basis.  I’m no longer going to struggle with accountability to a piece of paper overflowing with bulleted self improvement wish list items.

Now, with that being said, let me dismount from my proverbial soapbox.  I am notorious for procrastination. Some have said I’m a Class A procrastinator.  Take this blog.  I made a “resolution” last summer to keep a weekly writing schedule.  I even plotted realistic steps that would enable me to find the time to be successful in this endeavor.  Yet if you look at the date on the post prior to the one you are currently reading, you will see that something went awry.  As with a lot of things that I know I should accomplish, I manufactured reasons why writing could be put on the back burner for a day, which would stretch into a week and when realization finally set in, a month had gone by.  The blame game and the “I just can’t do everything” pity party have been so much a part of my modus operandi that on those occasions when I actually do something when it needs to be done, I’m surprised and breathless.  So what’s the answer, the lesson learned, the moral of this story?

It’s not a list.  There’s no magic or divine intervention necessary.  And in my case, I don’t think any amount of therapy, coaching or training would make a bit of difference.  It’s actually a very simple and succinct fix.  As Nike says “Just Do It”.

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