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That Same Old New Year's Resolution Again? Really?

Updated on November 11, 2017

How'd You Do With Your New Year's Resolution This Year?

Were you able to keep yours? Statistics say that upwards of 92% of Americans will break their Resolution before the middle of January. Just what is it about this positive annual tradition that makes it so difficult to keep? A simple New Year’s resolution to start losing weight might well end in disappointment and failure, but hold on, there is hope.

Looking at the Decision Making Process

New Year’s resolutions are popular because they hold the promise of a clean slate. Seemingly all the bad decisions of the previous year can be wiped away simply by making a personal promise to do better. Who wouldn't want to participate in something like that?

All year long we make many decisions. We stop at red lights and go on green lights. These are easy conscious decisions. After all, if we did not stop, the consequences would be immediately devastating. Conversely, a life altering resolution like stopping cigarettes requires a much deeper thought process, one that involves personal examination. Barbara Hall, TV writer and producer, had it right when she said, “You are in control of your life. Don’t ever forget that. You are what you are because of the conscious and subconscious choices you have made.”

William James, 19th Century American Philosopher

The Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind is the hidden continual thought patterns that exist in all our heads. Whereas the conscious mind is easily controlled with thought or observation, the subconscious mind is not so simple to detect. Have you ever laid awake at night and continually mulled over a problem and can’t seem to settle on a satisfactory answer? Well, in a way, this is your conscious mind debating your subconscious to come up with a workable solution; a solution that matches your true character.

“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, ‘This is the real me’, and when you have found that attitude, follow it.” These illuminating words were written by William James an American philosopher of the nineteenth century.

The quest to find the “real me” may or may not take a lifetime and can have many small failures and successes along the way.

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Beverly Sills said "'re doomed if you don't try."
Beverly Sills said "'re doomed if you don't try."

Beverly Sills: More Than Just A Voice

From a modest Brooklyn beginning Beverly Sills became the most popular operatic singer since Enrico Caruso. While some traditionalist critics were bashing her passionate, natural voice she doggedly pursued her chosen profession. She believed in herself and ultimately became "America's Queen of Opera" with that stirring, down-to-earth voice.

After her famous soprano singing career she managed the New York City Opera, became the Chairman of the Lincoln Center, and lent her services to numerous charity functions (Birth Defects was her chosen cause).

Beverly Sills was gracious enough to leave behind this famous quote, "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."

There's Always Tomorrow
There's Always Tomorrow

If At First You Don't Succeed... again you failed to keep your New Year’s resolution...

Just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. It’s inevitable that one grand day you, along with your newly found “inner self”, will finally keep that hard-fought-for resolution.


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      Kerry Allen 3 years ago from SE Texas

      Thanks, Sarif!