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Checkmate, Check Me: A New Year Examination

Updated on August 10, 2016

A year is closing out. A new year is opening up.

Taking action, acted upon, or just acting?
Taking action, acted upon, or just acting? | Source

For better? Or Worse"

Looking back at me,

how do I measure up now?

Where has the trail led?

Rather than make ourselves promises about the year ahead, let's take a look at ourselves in the year that is passing.

Can you even remember the New Year resolutions you made months ago?

Tradition suggests that it is time to make some new resolutions. Is it really?

I remember that one year I resolved "To be brutally frank in the year ahead." That resolution lasted only as long as it took for my Aunt Eda to ask me what I thought of her new hat!

How can we set one or more resolutions for the new year ahead, if we don't first consider what we need to improve upon from our experiences of the year we are leaving behind?

For example, 12 months ago I was determined to publish another book. I did publish my book Haiku American Style: 210 Poems A to Z About Human Nature. In the process, I learned a lot about getting a book into print and all that goes into the editing, printing, and copyrighting process of a 458 page book with photos and commentary.

To one view the resolution was accomplished, but it was not completely satisfying to me. I printed just enough copies to give copies to my family and close friends, while trying to master the process and continue on to the process of eventually promoting that book commercially.

In the year ahead I want to build on what I have learned, and publish 10 additional book manuscripts which are ready for me to repeat the process and put those manuscripts in print, promote, and benefit from my efforts.

I use this sequence as an example of building on growth from the previous year when we set a course for the year ahead.

We need to learn from our experiences, whatever they may be, if we are to really benefit in the year to come.

In doing so, we want to take a much broader focus.

We want to be looking at physical, financial, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, and educational aspects of the year behind. Then we want to set goals in each of those aspects of our life to build on any progress we have made, while (and here it comes) resolving to shore up aspects which seem to have been lacking in progress.

As we approach the year ahead, we can benefit from examining each area of our lives and either plan to build on our successes, or choose a more favorable path forward that can offer more promise of progress in the year ahead.

It is all well and good to identify a primary aspect of our lives to focus on improving, but not to the extent of overlooking the rewards that can come from trying to advance in all the aspects which will determine what we can really accomplish in the year ahead.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Just one New Year resolution, even if you keep working on it, can only bring success in one aspect of life.  Balanced progress is a better goal, with more promise of satisfying successes in the year ahead.
Just one New Year resolution, even if you keep working on it, can only bring success in one aspect of life. Balanced progress is a better goal, with more promise of satisfying successes in the year ahead. | Source
Family security, health, cohesiveness, and happiness will always be essentials in any new year's planning.
Family security, health, cohesiveness, and happiness will always be essentials in any new year's planning. | Source

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - All my "excellent ideas" must be due to the company I keep here on HP! Keep the feelings going strong.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent ideas, for sure. You will do it, for I can feel it in me bones!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - And doing a quick health check too, I presume. Good girl!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Hope your 2016 is a Happy, healthy, progressive and most successful New Year. I am starting this first full week of the New Year organizing and scheduling and making it so that I can continue to blog and write with ease.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MsDora - Keep copyrighting the whole Hub for what protection that may give to our photos. Thanks for cluing me in on their sourcing.

      Happy New Year and thanks for letting me count you as one of my friends here on HP.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Success to you in your writing and publishing.

      Concerning the source of your photograph, move your cursor over the right hand corner. See the italic i. Click on it and the photograph source appears. That's the new thing.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      CrisSp - I suspect that a majority of the world's people will follow your approach, but in all likelihood with less thought to actually living the way you have outlined. As the "frequent flier" you are, your approach seems the natural one. Your life is scheduled enough as it is.

      For those who choose to consider, even enact, my suggested approach, I suspect that serious thought about improving the path forward and building on lessons from 2015 can have a very positive impact on their chances for continued (even enhanced) success in 2016.

      Wherever life leads you, and whatever righteous things you undertake, I wish you continued lifetime success and happiness.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I don't do "New Year's Resolutions" anymore. I simply would just move on and live the New Year and everyday as it comes. Of course, I try to live in the moment but with a purpose and if I'm not successful enough with my purpose, so be it. Tomorrow is another day. However, I reckon your messages in this hub and will remember to reflect in peace and let the journey unfold (again).

      Happy New Year to you and yours!

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Eric - Thanks for your observations.

      HP used to show me as the "Source" of my Hub photos (and expected other Hubbers to credit their sources for their included photos.) Has HP changed its standard? I listed mine, but from the looks of this published article it would appear that something has changed.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting. You gave some great thoughts on the whole notion. That is a wonderful picture right above.

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