Saving resolutions

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

LEAVE the cynicism in a little corner for now (perhaps behind that Christmas tree—and turn off those lights!) and don a positive outlook for a while.

Although a lot have tried and failed at accomplishing New Year’s resolutions, some almost at the brink of absolute misery, there exists no rule that prohibits a little more perseverance from a person.

Albert Einstein must have had a bad case of a post New Year hangover back in the day when he said, “Insanity [is] doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Or perhaps it was just the pressure of trying to define the infinite within the bounds of math and science that finally got to him.


Random speculation provides little truth. But non-arguably from that quote by Einstein alone, one can simply glean a little from that grain of wisdom. Perseverance is one thing, while shooting blanks is another. If your resolutions this New Year are like targets set up at a distance, make sure you have the bullets (or arrows, whichever’s cooler) to shoot at it.

When it comes to resolutions for this year, here are three simple ways to hit the bull’s eye accurately.

Leave the myths behind. The glory of love, the vanquishing of a mental struggle and the thirst for victory, especially those that deal with achieving weight loss or skin whitening, may be tempting for some to draft impossible goals. A little reality check comes in handy for these situations. Make sure that the goals you set for yourself are ones that you can work out and would be something that the Mythbusters would have to approve. Place yourself in a situation where you’re most likely to succeed.

Of consistency and severity. Consistency is important. That means your goals should be something that could be spread out for a time frame during the course of the whole year. Get it? A New Year’s resolution shouldn’t be something like, eat a double patty cheeseburger on Monday and then run on the treadmill on Thursday night, after dinner at McDonald’s.

Challenge yourself to more “bite-sized” servings of your resolutions. For instance like, read three chapters of a book you wanted to finish since last year, every night for this month. Or hit the gym three times a week. Do those and be consistent. Then reward yourself once in awhile, and make sure you “punish” yourself a bit as well if you “accidentally forget” about gym night while you’re having sisig with chicharon and egg, with two plates of garlic rice for lunch.

Achieve the maximum minimum. You got that right. Let’s say that if a person gets to prep himself for four resolutions for 2014, that’s like an average of having three months to deal with a single thing. Come the months when Jose Mari Chan’s songs are on loop again, he’ll have to smile at what he’s achieved come year end.

Assuming he’s set life-altering resolutions and not some trivial mission like cleaning his shoes, he’s absolutely four points better this year than the last. Imagine that versus the impulsive optimist who has a hundred things to tick off on his list.

So there it is. Yes, some have grown tired of resolutions and the idea of having to make them every start of a year. But the truth remains; there’s nothing more beautiful for a man than to be handed an opportunity to be able to plot out his course and make sure he gets a better shot at life this time around.

Resolutions are definitely not an impossible lot. It’s all about the strategy.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 06, 2014.


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