Resolutions for 2011 can give you a little piece of heaven

January 4, 2011

By Shayna Waldbaum

Hall Monitor Shayna Waldbaum Liberty High School

As we welcome in the year 2011, we watch fireworks over the Space Needle and the ball drop in New York. Many people also participate in the tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions.

For many, the attempt to reach their goal stops after it has been set, instead of after it has been reached. If people followed their New Year’s resolution with more intensity, then the positive change they seek could be accomplished.

In many scenarios, people just pick the wrong resolution: such as one that they are not passionate about or do not enjoy doing.

The substantial rise in memberships that tends to happen every January has become an inside joke for many gyms. The “Januarys” swarm gyms after making the resolution to lose weight or work out more, but they start to fade from their aspirations come March.

I think the problem is that those resolutions are not specific enough. Wanting to lose weight or work out does not include a plan or much direction. It would be easier to complete a goal, such as lose 10 pounds or run five miles without stopping, simply because the goal is foreseeable with an actual measurement.

My brother found an explicit resolution to follow. A few years ago, he spent his New Year’s at his friend’s house. As midnight drew closer, everyone shared what his or her New Year’s resolutions were going to be. My brother’s turn came, but he could not think of a resolution.

His friends badgered him, trying to get him to decide, and then one friend offered a suggestion.

“Why don’t you write a book?”

This may seem like a joke or too much work for someone to do in their free time, but my brother had a history of writing and would approach such a challenge with ferocity. And so, with enthusiasm, he accepted writing a book as his New Year’s resolution.

It took him a mere three months to finish his rough draft, and the rest of the year to edit, but he finished it. During the process, he rediscovered his love for writing, which continues to this day with his declared English major.

My brother took his New Year’s resolution and changed it into his “life” resolution. I think anyone can make as big of an impact on his or her own life, just as my brother did on his, if he or she chooses to start small. Once someone gets a taste of what he or she desires, he or she has a hard time not having more.

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