New Year’s Day is right around the corner and with it comes New Year’s resolutions for many of us: declarations of intent to lose weight, save money, finish that house project, exercise more, be nicer, etc. etc. The list is endless.
Sometimes resolutions are considered cliché. We may tell ourselves, or hear from other people, something like, “Yeah, right, you will exercise more! Give it two weeks and you’ll settle back to being a couch potato.”
But I like the idea of resolutions. I think they speak to our pursuit of excellence.
Truly making a change in one’s lifestyle is hard. It takes commitment and a lot of effort, even when we don’t feel like it. Excellence demands that we stick to it, and eventually we’ll reap the rewards: look better in the swim suit, have a few bucks for a vacation, enjoy the finished project in the house.
It may be easier to let things go, avoid hard work, take the easiest path, perhaps be like people around us, become indifferent. Easier. Common.
The gradual slide toward toward mediocrity and indifference is the reason resolutions can be considered cliché. I hope this year that we all succeed in our resolutions. Whatever you pursue, I hope you believe in yourself and work toward it. I will be taking my own advice!
Happy New Year, and may 2014 be our best yet!