Feliz Año Nuevo, Happy New Year, Feliz Ano Novo, Felice Anno Nuovo.
Bring the noise.
Yes, it’s upon us yet again—The countdown until the ball drops (Yay!), the chicken egg rolls and the mozzarella sticks (Yum!), the incredible firework displays from around the world (Ahh!), and it goes without saying but I will anyway, the resolutions and lists of all the things that we hope to accomplish in the following year (Oh Yeah!).
I’ve personally always loved New Year’s celebrations and parties. Some of the best memories I have involved playing black light volleyball, jumping in my pool at midnight, and running out into the snowy streets with pots and pans. Thank you McAdams. I treated it like it was truly special, as if something amazing was going to happen when it struck midnight (Remember the 2K frenzy? That was a let down.).
Whatever way you celebrate it, it’s cool. I’m into it. But my post this lovely Sunday afternoon deals with resolutions.
Why is it a running joke? Well, cause doing cool things is hard. Anything worthwhile takes dedication. Most of us can’t hack it. Not only around New Year, but during the Rest of Year we live in this dream-like state, hoping that we’re going to be able to accomplish our goals. We have this mentality that ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ is the day to learn that recipe, to do the assignment, to visit a loved one that has grown distant. I can vouch for myself and the people I know that goal-making is a far ways away from goal-accomplishing. ¿Sabes?
How are we going to make 2018 a whole heck of a lot better than 2017? I don’t know about you, but I want to. As an American society, we’ve been through a lot this year. It’d be nice to do something different.
It comes down to patterns. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about learning a skill, or becoming more involved religiously, you have to stick to the task at hand. You need to manage your time. You need to use your resources. You need to have the attitude that this goal is important enough for you to sacrifice something in order to accomplish it. For sake of an example, let me share an example with you briefly about one pattern that I’m constantly trying to perfect—Learning Spanish.
I’ve got the degrees, the experience, you name it, I’ve done it in Spanish. But I’m still not content with where I’m at. So, I have to use a pattern, a plan, structure, if you will, to keep going forward. That’s why I make the time to either read a book, listen to the radio, or talk to someone in Spanish every day. I’m serious. No breaks. No ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ attitude. It is my ‘resolution’ to get better at Spanish, and I do it. NOW! Do I love doing every day? Probably not. In fact, I would say that there are other things that I should put in front of it. However, I have made up my mind. I’m going to get better at Spanish.
It’s your turn. What ‘pattern’ are you going to implement in your life? What is the specific goal? What’s the time line? How much time are you going to give? What are you hoping to get out of it?
My challenge is to choose one pattern. That’s it. No more lists. Just choose one thing. If you’re completely lost for ideas, take some of mine. Again, I am only choosing one, but I’m thinking that once I can set one ‘resolution’ into place, I’ll add another.
I’m going to spend more time with my son playing soccer, highlighting his progress. I’ll even let him take me through the cone drills.
I’m going to serve my wife. When the dishes are sitting in the sink, I’m going to just buckle down and get them done.
I’m going to finish my book. This is the year. I’m nearly done. I can do this! Spring 2018!
I’m going to pray more. Every morning and night, I’m going to have a short conversation with God.
What is your resolution? Comments welcomed!