This year, I’ve decided to not make any resolutions. This may actually be the first year I’ve chosen not to make any. I did a little poking around at my resolutions of years past and have realized (not for the first time) that I don’t follow up on most of them. I’ve also had a lot of conversations with friends where we all laugh about how few of the resolutions we make in January become reality.
For some people, resolutions can be a valuable tool to help motivate, but it can also be a source of guilt and the yardsticks we set out don’t actually measure our success in growing and dealing with changing circumstances. Intent can be a great thing and I think it’s important to check in with intent on an ongoing basis, but I think keeping an open mind to what the right path for you is at that moment is very important.
Intent can become dogma when we think that somehow setting it down in stone is the only way to move forward. It can be a brute force approach to change. Life changes and those things which were the right things for you in January may not be right for you in June. So this year, I resolve (heh) to keep my eyes and heart open to my changing circumstances and make decisions based on a hopefully growing awareness of myself and the world around me.