Monday, January 4, 2010


I wrote this on December 31st, 2008.

While ultimately it doesn't matter if your attempts at personal development are made chronologically tidy, it used to bug me that whatever things I was trying to pursue would be pushed back so far off in the calendar that I would suddenly consider doing it by New Year's day. The notion that I would be, in essence, performing a New Year's Resolution felt like a trivialization of it, and I would even actually postpone my goals just to avoid any possible comparison.

In some instances, I'd forget the resolution altogether, and I'd be right back when I started from.

Don't ever, ever, think like this. There's no better time than the present. Even if it's Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve Eve, New Year's Eve, or even New Year's Day. It's not the calendar that needs dicipline, it's you.

1 comment:

  1. Truth, but people use the new year as a starting point and it can help them stay focused. For example I decided not to drink soda for a year and I was able to do this because I knew that on the eve of the new year I would have another glass but by the time that day came around I didn't evem want to drink soda anymore. Failure to complete your resolution is not caused because you decided to pick a day but because you have a lack of desipline. Use the new year as your starting point and stay true to your word of what you are going to do. Although I will agree with you that any day is just as good as any other to start a change in your ways or habits or whatever. I decided I would go kosher... not for a year but for the rest of my life. This is not for my intrest in Jewish life style or faith (although this doesn't hurt it) but to prove to myself that I have the ability to do whatever I put my mind to.
    We can continue later... like at grandmas house.