New Year’s “Endeavors”

By Lynne Prescott, CCLS

There’s just something about the phrase “New Year’s Resolutions” that makes my stomach hurt and fills me with dread.  I think it’s because I don’t like making promises I’m not sure I can keep or committing to something and not being able to honor the commitment.  That’s why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions – – instead, I choose to make New Year’s “endeavors.”

When I say it that way, I actually feel more inclined to make the effort (or endeavor) to do that thing – whatever it is – with no stomach-clenching, no dread, no feeling as if I’m setting myself up.  For example:

NY Resolution: I resolve to exercise every day.

NY Endeavor: I’m going to endeavor to be more active this year.

Gosh, doesn’t that feel better?  It implies positive possibilities and leaves me some breathing room.  I feel confident that I’m capable of being more active, as opposed to being uncertain as to whether I can keep the commitment to actually exercise every day.  It’s more realistic for me.

If you happen to be one of those people who make New Year’s resolutions and keep them, I am so in awe of you!  I want to be like you when I grow up.

But if you’re more like me and just the thought of New Year’s resolutions makes you want to hide under the covers, consider making New Year’s endeavors instead.  See?  You’re already feeling better about it!

P.S.  Happy New Year!



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