Happy last day of January. It’s around now when people are making their jokes about how only a few short weeks ago, they made resolutions that are now getting abandoned, forgotten or given up.
This year, just for fun on New Year’s Day, I tweeted random resolutions off the top of my head. My goals and somewhat silly vows ended up being more of a mini-bucket list than anything having to do with commitment, resolve or discipline.
This is my 2012 bucket list:
– Drink more whiskey in 2012. Since discovering hendrick’s gin, I’ve been neglecting all the whiskey that needs drinking.
– Spend a night on a boat
– Write (draw) a short webcomic.
– Read a novel in Italian
– Learn how to knit socks.
– Talk to my cats more.
– Learn to play top five Springsteen songs on the ukulele.
– Go on a rollercoaster.
So these are all good, and I fully plan on achieving them. I’m excited about achieving them. There is a bit of quality of life improvement, a bit of “I’d be proud to be able to do that” and a bit of “stuff I want to get around to doing”.
If I’m being super honest with myself, there isn’t a hell of a lot of deep reflective challenge going on here.
So here it the part about resolve. It’s taken me all of January to figure out what I really want from my year. What I really want to push myself to change.
I’m terrible about starting things, too many projects, well-intentioned ideas and sometimes even great things that I care about a lot — and then for whatever reason, not finishing.
If I’m being honest with myself, that is my one real resolution for 2012: To stop being the person who begins and doesn’t follow-through. My simple steps to change this are:
– To finish the projects that I have started (the ones that really matter).
– Let go of, abandon or table the things that are not priority.
– Don’t start anything new that I can’t, or realistically won’t finish.
and perhaps most importantly, telling myself:
– Shut up and just get to work now.