People often make resolutions for the new year.  I’m going to quit smoking.  I am going to the gym three days a week.  I will read a book a month.  I will make more time for mediation.  I am going to eat better.  And more often than not – the resolution seldom gets past a month before it becomes forgotten, neglected, or otherwise lost in the shuffle of day-to-day life.

Paying a visit to Dictionary.com, we see the meaning of the word resolution:

noun

1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group. Compare concurrent resolution, joint resolution.

2. a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

3. the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.

4. the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.

5. the act or process of resolving or separating into constituent or elementary parts.

This strikes me as an effort in TRYING, rather than DOING.  So instead of a resolution, let’s do something more solid – like an action.

Definition of action:

noun

1. the process or state of acting or of being active: The machine is not in action now.

2. something done or performed; act; deed.

3. an act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity: a crisis that demands action instead of debate; hoping for constructive action by the landlord.

4. actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct: He is responsible for his actions.

5. energetic activity: a man of action.

The process of acting.  MUCH stronger than resolving.

I also intend to make my actions a broader brush stroke.

So – this year, I intend to make my New Year’s Actions:

  • I will act to more frequently show gratitude for the things I have, the people in my life, my health, my job, and all the other things for which I am grateful.
  • I will act to treat the people around me as I wish to be treated.
  • I will act to focus on positives, and ignore negatives.  I will act to spin out a positive from a negative.
  • I will act to work on the now, and not dwell in the past nor pine for the future.

These are my actions for 2012.  What are yours?