When the new year rolls around and you try to commit to a new resolution, do you really know what you’re in for? Will you be able to stick to it no matter what crosses your path in the 360+ days ahead of you?I don’t think we really think these things through — especially on January 1st, as we’re reeling from the aftermath of having closed out the previous year!A year is a long time to stay committed to something — it’s arguably too long. We don’t have the attention spans that we used to, and our world is filled with more distractions than at any point before in history. Trying to envision what something will look like several months down the road isn’t something that most of us grasp easily.But a month — a month we can do!
It’s been said that it takes 30 days of doing something steadily to develop a habit. We don’t drill things into our daily routines overnight, but the more we repeat things, the easier they become.
We have amazing potential to keep developing ourselves far past the time we spend in school, but many of us never bother because it just seems like learning anything new that’s worthwhile would take forever and a day to learn and to do it right.
p>But who cared about doing thing right when we were kids ? who told us that there was a right way and a wrong way to do things and told us that there was a rich way and a wrong way to do things and told us that no other way was acceptable?
The adults around us, that’s who. And it annoyed us to no end.
So now that you’re all grown up and accountable to yourself, your family and your faith, are you going to let some naysayers from your youth tell you what you can and can’t accomplish?
30 days. It’s not a massive commitment, but it’s enough time for you to figure out whether you want to continue with what you started. In what I consider to be some of the best content out there — the TED Talks — Matt Cutts explains why picking up a new skill 30 days at a time just might be the answer we’ve been looking for to combat the monotony and drudgery that seems to creep into our lives.
So this time when the ball’s dropped and the countdown’s over, focusing on a single resolution will likely just be a waste of your time. It’ll seem so massive and insurmountable since a year isn’t something we can easily see in our minds.
But a list of 12 resolutions — small ones that you know will better your life — one by one you can pull them off, and who knows — the ones you do earlier may be just the push you needed to get the later ones done!
And if you don’t like what you see in the mirror after a month, what’s stopping you from going back to who you used to be? Just hope the next month gives you what you’re looking for!
No pressure, though.
–Casey E. Palmer