Resolutions and Life Plans

doncherryhnic20090101-hatIf you asked me this time last year what my 2011 resolutions were I probably laughed at your question. For most of my life I have viewed resolutions as a frivolous activity that people partake in every year, only to forget them a week or two later. This past weekend I saw a local news clip of street interviews where people were asked to give their number one resolution for the new year. Their responses were telling:

  • “Be a nicer person.”
  • “Be more giving.”
  • “Lose weight.”
  • “Stick with my resolutions this year.”

If I was a betting person I would wager that each of those people would forget their resolutions by February. Why? Because they are general and have no weight behind them. How do you measure “nicer”, for example? Like every other year, I agreed that resolutions are stupid. Until I came across this sentence:

“Most people spend more time planning a one-week vacation than they spend planning their life.”

As Giles and I have been tossing around vacation ideas lately, this sentence struck a chord with me. I definitely care about many things more than I do a week vacation but my life patterns reflect something entirely different. I don’t want to be a zombie about life, going through the motions and investing very little thought into what happens every day.

Thankfully Michael Hyatt, a blogger/speaker/CEO that has a lot to say about leadership, put together a free resource for starting to think these things through. It requires time and a lot of thought but it has really helped me start thinking about the choices I make and the work that I do.

This mind shift is critical for all of us, for our loved ones, for the people we work with, and for ourselves. I will be sharing my resolutions over the next few days. I’m taking a bit more time to think through them than I had expected but I think I will be better for it.

It’s your future. Spend some time planning for it.

Agree? Disagree? I’m interested in your thoughts on this.

Hat picture from Don We Now our Gay Apparel, a humorous but perhaps retired blog about Don Cherry’s ridiculous television attire.