Historically, I’ve not been big on New Year’s resolutions, as I’ve talked about twice before. The research is pretty clear that setting a big, year-long goal to do something whose accomplishment requires you to make substantial modifications to your lifestyle is a low-percentage way to create effective change. I have come to appreciate resolutions, however, as a way to stake out ground in the battle to be a better person. It’s the being that I want to focus on, rather than the doing. So here are my resolutions for 2014:
- Be present where I am and with the people who are there.
- Be deliberate in my choices of words and actions.
- Be patient, both with myself and others.
- Be grateful for every minute of it.
The more I live these, the better this next year will be.
Happy New Year, everyone.