Resolutions is a four-letter word

I think most people have a love-hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. We can’t help making them and then feel bad or guilty when we fail at them. But maybe what we need to do is reframe them?

Maybe, for example, instead of saying “I’ll lose 20 pounds this year,” say “I will eat one healthy meal per week”? I think this follows the S.M.A.R.T. acronym that many people recommend for goal-setters: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

I don’t know if my resolution is SMART, but it’s something I already live by and so will have no trouble keeping it up. (When in doubt, take the easy route.)

Another thing people do for a New Year is to choose a guiding word. I’ve never been able to do that very well; about a month in, and I usually have forgotten what my word is. So now, I try to choose phrases that can be used for a mantra. Mine for this year…and perhaps for in perpetuity…is “Keep it to yourself.”

When I get annoyed about some random thing, I tend to want to gripe about it to someone (or worse, on social media). And I always end up regretting it. Except when I gripe to my sister. She understands without judgement. So, maybe I should change my phrase to “Keep it to yourself unless you have time to type it out to your sister.” 😄

What about you? Do you make resolutions or have a guiding word? If you do, I hope they will guide you and help you navigate 2022 in a positive way!