A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.
A 2007 study involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year’s Resolutions fail. This statistic was more or less the norm as I searched for other data. I’m not trying to be a Negative Nelly here but why do we do that to ourselves? Do we feel we’re lacking in the failure department so let’s add a few more failures? Personally, I have plenty of items on my To Do List from 2012, that I’ve failed to accomplish, to carry me over for all of 2013!
Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity always pulls me back from the resolutions mindset to reality. Plus, it makes me smile.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
You can probably relate on some level to saying it this way: making the same New Year’s Resolutions over and over again expecting new results. That’s how I see New Year’s Resolutions. I teeter on the edge of crazy most days anyway. Resolutions are a weight to that delicate balance I don’t need. So, I refuse to make them.
In your own life, in some small way, you might empathize with my angst. Well, we seem to be in fairly good company. The percent of Americans who absolutely never make New Year’s Resolutions is 38%. Whoever these people are I think I’d like to hang out with them. I envision a casual, laid-back type. (Of course, there’s also the possibility they’re just lazy. But let’s not entertain that option.)
If you happen to be following along with my thinking about refusing to make New Year’s Resolutions, you might wonder “Is there an alternative?” There is for me.
I love Spring. (What in the world does this have to do with New Year’s Resolutions?!?) Stay with me. Think ahead to Spring for a moment. The eruption of dormant plants to colorful new life. The birth of lambs and other baby animals. The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Is it just me or is there a very real and profound difference between Winter and Spring? Between Resolution (to do) and Resurrection (done)?
The repetition and failures of old Resolutions verses the new life, restoration and revival of the Resurrection. Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, I take NEW to new heights by focusing on everything NEW when NEW LIFE is as real as it gets.
More on the Resurrection Life in Spring. Stay tuned.