No More New Year's Resolutions


The New Year is fast approaching. Resolutions are made every year for absolute idealistic goals. They are great in theory. But it is not realistically the right way to start the new year.

My NYR (New Year's Resolutions) have been quite normal in the past. Stop buying so many clothes. Learn to cook. Be in this place or with these people. Who are we kidding? Goals are fine. Achievement is fine. But let's be realistic. You never know what tomorrow will hold.

I actually recently did not fill in one of those resolution things. It is better to go with the flow. I am never the same person at the end of a year. And there is nothing wrong with that. It doesn't mean abandoning everything current. It means having new approaches that I wouldn't have known earlier.

Did I fulfil the goals I had at this time last year? Not at all. Nothing is static. Everything is evolving. The goals of today are more relevant than the ones made a year ago. Why judge yourself by arbitrary benchmarks made under different circumstances?

Grey's Anatomy taught a lesson in planning. At one point, Richard Weber was planning to retire. He tried to choose a surgeon to take his place as chief. This choice would be based on someone's plans for the hospital. Most candidates made 5-year or 10-year plans. They were looking so far ahead, they didn't see the bumps in the road right in front of them.

Weber was most impressed by the proposal by Mark Sloan (Okay, it's McSteamy, but there's a good lesson to be learned anyway). Sloan had a 'right now plan' to solve the most current issues. Nobody else had thought of such a time frame. He wasn't looking too far into the horizon. The view was right where the tide was taking him and the team.

I never thought I'd say this, but let's be more like McSteamy. Be in the present. Make 'right now plans.' Don't make New Year's Resolutions to fulfil a year from now. Make today's resolutions. In the words of Picasso, "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."

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