I used to make long lists of goals/resolutions. I lived with this undefined drive that the only way I could be anything, or accomplish anything, in the New Year was by summing it all up in a well-articulated document. And to have this done by the time the clock struck midnight on December 31st.
I used to make my dreams my task master instead of making them the energy that fueled my hope in the future.
I’ve changed things up so I am working with myself instead of against myself. Hear me out – I’m not going all I’m-the-god-of-my-universe here. I’m not looking deep within myself to find a better me either. God created diversity in humans because He thought it was beautiful; He also knew that everyone approaching the New Year with the same checklist was boring + unnecessary. I’m trying to be more mindful of what spurs me to greater action and what leaves me feeling driven and exhausted. And as easy as it is to get sucked into the current social media trends (or be left out and feeling, well, very left out) I want to be more aware of why I am doing what I’m doing and whether or not it really enriches my life.
You appreciate a well-documented list of goals on January 1? Good for you. You don’t appreciate the lists? Maybe try something different this year.
I honestly think if New Year’s Resolutions were so mandatory God would’ve included them in the Ten Commandments, or Jesus would have surely touched on them in the Sermon on the Mount.
What are you NOT doing this New Year’s Eve because you’ve tried it and it doesn’t work for you?