Making a resolution really winds up being making a series of mini-resolutions. The problem is, we usually miss the little ones with our focus on the big end-game. And that’s why so many of us “fail” at our new year resolutions.
By now, you’ve probably had plenty of time to find “failure”. Crazy that it only takes a couple of weeks, isn’t it? You tried to stick to your new movement program and the first cold, dark morning, you rolled over and gave it up. You held out on the new way of eating and then had a binge fest in front of a screen binge. You sought to understand alternative points of view for days and then had a verbal slash fest when that last pin dropped on your last nerve.
See, the thing is . . . these aren’t failures. Not even temporary ones. They’re the moments that let you know where you need more than a running start to get to the big goal.
It’s just a matter of acknowledging all the little steps along the way to any goal. You didn’t get to your professional status just through force of will: you got an education, you made contacts, you took the jobs – even the ones you didn’t really want — that contribute to a body of experience that would support the position you now hold. You didn’t become a “grown up” just by wishing it: you lived a bunch of years that filled in the gaps. You didn’t just sight read that Faure Elegie at Carnegie Hall: there was a lot of learning and prep time before the concert Catch my drift?
Yes, there are those wonderful windfalls when you wind up at the end of the path straight from the beginning. Wormholes. Chutes and Ladders. But if you’re struggling with your resolution, by definition, that ain’t you right now.
So, now is when you back up and see what mini-resolutions you need to set to reach your big one. “I resolve to arrange my day for lunchtime/evening/select-another-option movement when the morning is cold and dark and I don’t want to get out of bed.” (Just one possibility out of manymanymany.) “I resolve to have available the biggest tray of popcorn, celery and carrot sticks I’ve ever seen before I sit down to watch 6,000 episodes of Supernatural.” “I resolve, twice a week, to find a train crossing where I can scream all the things I wanted to say but didn’t.”
And you set a new line-up of mini-resolutions as often as you need to, to support you in working toward the one big one. Instead of a line of excuses and obstacles, you’ve got a set of stepping stones to reach the new you you’re aiming for.