What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

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wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.

as we’re getting closer to the end of year 2002, most of us started to reflect back of what we did this year and what we have accomplished *or not!*. following that, we also start to think what we want to accomplish next year as it’s peeping just around the corner. all of us *or maybe most* would start making a list of what we need to be done next year, what we would try to improve and whatnot. i used to do that. i remember when i was younger i would make a list that i am going to be more disciplined in doing my 5-times daily prayer or i want to pass my class or i want to graduate the 10th grade, and so on and so forth. unfortunately, most resolutions set in january 1 are history by february 1, sometimes didn’t even make it. by a couple of weeks, i’d forget what i have listed and just go with the flow and tried to survive the year and make the best out of it.

then i grew out of it. didn’t even wanna make the list anymore cuz i figured the list is not that important anymore. the fact that you’re actually doing what you want to accomplish and actually did is much much better than just having it your mind and let it buried among other things. i’d say my new year’s resolution now is a long-term one. not something that i want accomplish in a year, but accomplish within a period of time. all i need to do just to take it day by day, week by week, month by month .. and year by year.

in the next couple of weeks, you’ll read a lot about new year’s resolutions and tips for “how to really do it this year.” but tips and ideas alone won’t get it done. it’s funny how all the time, energy and resources seem to be put into setting goals, while their actual achievement is just expected to take care of itself. without a concrete plan and the right resources, it’s too easy to fall back into old habits. real change takes time – and needs help. the key is to surround yourself with reminders that make your goals tough to ignore and impossible to forget. finally, you need to actually do what you promised. you’re ultimately accountable to yourself and nobody else for your goals. you will find virtue and character in fulfilling that promise. after all, goal achievement is something you do year-round, not just in january.


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