Thursday, January 1, 2015

I don't do resolutions - Terry Burns


I hope 2015 is a wonderful year for you.

Will you be making resolutions? I don't have much luck with them. The only resolution I can remember successfully keeping was when I resolved to not make any more of them.

A resolution is something we HOPE to do in the new year. I prefer to set goals rather than make resolutions. A resolution is pass or fail, we either do it or we don't. A goal is something we PLAN to do in the new year. And it is possible for us to make progress toward our goal even if we don't reach the target that we are shooting for.

A resolution tends to be a rather nebulous thing that we generally hope to achieve. A goal tends to be very specific and progress toward it can be quantified and measured.

I also plan to worry less because of the way I pursue my goals. Worry is stressing over something that is really beyond our control. Planning is thinking something through and taking action designed to achieve goals that are realistic and within our ability to accomplish them. If I have things that are beyond my ability I plan to turn them over to the Lord instead of worrying about them and simply trusting Him.

I'm not knocking it if you are one that likes to make resolutions, I'm just saying it doesn't work for me. Whichever way you go, as I said, I hope 2015 is a great year for you, packed with happiness and success. I really believe it will be such a year for us all.


Diana Flegal said...

"A goal is something we PLAN to do in the new year." I like that Terry. And I agree. Wishing never gets us anything. But hard work and determination will.
May this be a terrific year for you too!

Karen Nolan Bell said...

I'm with you, Terry. I gave up on resolutions when I realized I was setting myself up for failure. Instead, I choose a word or theme to guide me through the year to challenge me. One year, when I realized I had allowed my health to keep me from trying things I "might not be able to do," my word was PUSH. I spent the year pushing myself beyond what I thought I could do. Every time I successfully accomplished a task I was afraid to attempt, I was encouraged to try another one. This year, in the midst of personal upheaval, my word is THRIVE and my theme is DON'T JUST SURVIVE, THRIVE.

Terry Burns said...

I like that

Linda Glaz said...

Amen, hard work and determination.

Susan DeBruin said...

It's fun to read about goals vs. resolutions here. Whenever my friends resolved to "be healthier" I typically had a resolution like "run a marathon this year." There is big difference between goal setting and making resolutions. Thanks for pointing that out :)