Happy Labor Day! With the start of the school year upon us, making a brand new set of New Year Resolutions is probably not high on your priority list, but the Fall is a wonderful time of the year to begin thinking about New Year Resolutions, also known here at I Resolve To . . . as (AKA) 'Daily Resolves'
You might be wondering, "so what a Daily Resolve?" In my eight year journey toward understanding what makes a good 'New Year Resolution' tick and 'how to make them and keep them' - I coined 'Daily Resolves' as a way to illustrate that small daily steps toward your dreams can add up to big results over time. For instance, discovering and pursuing your passions - finding your purpose in life - and diligently devoting your heart and soul to your dreams, can generate enormous joy, reward and fulfillment.
Another way to think of 'Daily Resolves': You can use them to mindfully, purposefully, inject small bits of joy and healthy habits into each and every day. Often happiness, and in turn good health, can be derived from finding your core purpose (the things in life you value and the dreams you want to achieve), then pursuing those passions with diligence and patience. Small daily steps, big results!
Personally, I love making and keeping New Year Resolutions. To me, it's like molding raw clay into a beautiful vase. The creativity, coupled with the journey, is so much fun and chock full of enrichment. You start with the spark of an idea and transform it over time one small step after another, day after day. That was my inspiration and it continues to this day.
When I started this journey back in 2005, I was puzzled: I wondered why did so many people fail so miserably at making and keeping their resolutions. I soon discovered the Internet is littered with the decaying carcasses of good intentions gone bad thanks to unrealistic expectations, lack of clarity, non-existent desire, and zero planning.
Early on, I explored the steps I had taken to achieve my own dreams and goals. I analyzed how I had discovered my own purpose and passions (my career, exercise, photography, and writing have rested high atop my own list of priorities since childhood and early adulthood). I was convinced at the outset, New Year Resolution 'success' typically boiled down to common sense. So I began I Resolve To . . . with the premise that applying common sense strategies to resolutions pays off.
Sometimes the best solutions to problems are elegantly simple. Rather than making that long laundry list of resolutions - things that I hated about myself and wanted to change - I, instead, chose to follow my passions, patiently and with great persistence. I picked just one dream, or goal (or a series of smaller goals), and stuck with them for a year. One year exercise and writing were top resolutions; another year I chose a resolution theme - gratitude and giving back - with a series of goals that included walking 60-miles and raising $3000+ for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in Washington, DC. I still donate my time and money to end breast cancer. I believe in Lifetime Resolutions - making them, achieving great results, and keeping them with you for life. Desire is key to success. You have to want it! My most ambitious resolution was to photograph 365 of my 'Daily Resolves'. A major undertaking, but it was a lot of fun, and I finished all 365 images and continue to add to my tapestry of Daily Resolves.
So are you ready to use 'Back To School' as a launching pad for your own Daily Resolves? With 121 days left in 2012, why not get a head start on the New Year? What would you truly, madly love to achieve in 2013? On the left side of this blog you will find my 'Resolutionista Resources' section that is full of tools that you can use to get started. It includes a handy exercise for choosing the right resolutions(s), along with a very simple system that I created that will take you from start to finish: 1) Dare to Dream; 2) Decide; 3) Define; 4) Develop A Plan; 5) Do It Daily!
If it turns out that you don't have anything specific in mind right now - a major dream that you would love to pursue - why not join me in taking the Fourth Annual I Resolve To . . . Challenge: 365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness. The objective is very simple and you can start at any point in the year: Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'. Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'. Instead, make every day New Year's Day. Make every day count with 'Daily Resolves'. The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals. If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources. To see my personal 'Health & Happiness Tapestry', click through my 2009-2012 Photo-Resolutions, each one documents my journey toward greater health and happiness! Resolve365 in 2012.
Remember: I Resolve To . . . Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year.® It's your choice. Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps: Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that's with you for good! Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey! Let's Go For It!
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Kim M. Simpson - September 2, 2012
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