Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Make A New Year's Solution, Not Resolution

When many people try to start off a new year well, they make new year's resolutions. The definition of a resolution is:
"the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc."
The problem is that once many determine the course of action they will choose for their new year, they soon fail to change their habits and therefore they don't follow through to the end to change what needed to change in the first place.

If most Americans were making honest new year's resolutions, then it would be to get bigger, lazier, let relationships slide, stop working on our prayers life, etc. Establishing bad habits is always easier.

I propose (full disclosure - the idea was planted during a homily this past weekend) that you make new year's solutions, not resolutions. The definition of a solution is:
"the act of solving a problem, question, etc."
This is what most Americans need. We need solutions to our problems, which certainly involve a resolution to change, but a solution is never complete unless the resolution is followed through completely.

Last year I had a problem that needed a solution. I was addicted to caffeine.  Therefore, in all of 2011 I didn't have any caffeine. The solution solved my problem.

With this in mind, I propose some solutions to problems many face today:

  • Go to Daily Mass more frequently.
  • Go to Confession at least once a month.
  • Exercise 5 days a week.
  • No fast food.
  • Fast once-a-week.
  • Prioritize prayer in your schedule.
  • Wake up 30 minutes early to pray.
  • Share your faith more openly.
  • Spend one night a week as family game night.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Limit Facebook / video games / Internet / etc.
  • Spend an hour a week volunteering.
  • Get out of debt.
  • Stick to a budget.

Try one. Make it a solution. Let God give you the strength to stick to it for a year. Then see how your life is better for doing it.

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