Are You Too Chicken to Be Resolute?

Why do New Year’s Resolutions get such a bad rap?

Everywhere I look it seems I see someone putting the kibosh on setting resolutions.

If they’re a bad idea, why did they get started in the first place?

Here’s what I think:

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with setting resolutions. Personally, I love the whole idea of a new year — fresh start, clean slate, etc. It’s beautiful to see the opportunity to be and do better! So much potential built into a mere flipping of a page on a calendar…

But here’s the twist:

Ever consider the possibility that it’s not about “what” you’re resolving to be or do?
It’s actually all about being resolute.

The dictionary defines “resolute” in the following way: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

How about it? Would you really like to be able to say that you are the kind of person who is resolute enough to lose 20 pounds and keep it off? How about that you’re resolute enough to escape a job you hate and jump into a personally fulfilling career?

Want to join me in resolving to be resolute in 2011?

Imagine the possibilities…

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2 Responses to “Are You Too Chicken to Be Resolute?”

  1. Dear Jen,

    Thanks for the great coaching session you and I just had. Since we touched on resolutions and resoluteness, I thought I’d pop over here and leave my two bits worth.

    I no longer make resolutions. But I do set intentions for myself (e.g., “say yes less,” “take really good care of myself,” or “do what I love every day.”). A resolution, to me, is a hard goal that will require tough swimming against the current. An intention, on the other hand, is a choice to jump in a particular river, and follow that river where it takes me. A resolution is about “what,” while an intention is about “who.”

    What you helped me see in our coaching session is that I can be resolute about my intentions. In other words, I can be admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering in my resolve to “take really good care of myself.” And that IS who I want to be.


  2. Thanks for articulating this, Kent!
    I am admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering in my resolve to “have great coaching sessions with Kent.” ;)

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