At the beginning of each year, it is hard not to set a New Year’s Resolution. It is all over the media, your friends and family are talking about it, its tradition. It becomes difficult to fight the peer pressure of setting that annual, often quickly broken expectation for the year.
There is a term for the influx of new people at the gym. Regular sweaters call the newbies “Resolutioners”. The regulars feel disdain for the newbies. They use the machines that they want to use. They don’t follow the unwritten rules of the gym. They generally just get in the way. The regulars want the resolutioners to go away and as history has shown us, 92% of them will.
Just 8% of resolutions make it the full year. ONLY 8%!
This year I have fought the peer pressure and have not set a resolution. I will not give up diet soda, or chocolate. I won’t work out more, or lose 100 pounds. I don’t need the added pressure to my life. Instead of a resolution, this year I have a “theme”. I will be working on multiple small goals that are all connected to the common theme of “Finishing“.
I have a list of tasks and projects that have been left undone. I have goals to be accomplished. There are things that I have started repeatedly and have never finished. One by one, I will be working to make list of the uncompleted smaller.
I am happy to report that I have already crossed one item off of my list. The elusive Sudoku book. I have NEVER finished an entire Sudoku book. It gets lost, ruined, or thrown out before all of the numbers are carefully entered. I made it my first mission of finishing in 2014. It was liberating to turn the page to that last puzzle. Puzzle 117. For years I had pondered what that moment of finishing would feel like. It was hard to fill in the last few squares, but it felt empowering all the same. It was so great to take something off the “finishing list!”
There are two more things up next on the mission of finishing. First a blanket that was started in 2010. I am only 9 long rows from being done.
The second is a far more challenging goal. I desire to finish a chap stick, to keep a tube from being lost or sent through washer before I reach the very end! Has this ever been done? I polled everyone in my office and according to my data, this would be a first!!!
Heres to 2014, the year of finishing. (And soft lips.)