Lots of folks this time of year are contemplating their new year’s resolutions. The desire to improve our lives and/or become a better person is a laudable impulse. It’s too bad that for many of us this is the only time of year we resolve to take action and work on self-improvement. And as we know all too well most new year’s resolutions falter after only a few weeks; we don’t lose the weight, we don’t quit smoking, or we fail to get those home improvement projects promptly done as we so earnestly promised ourselves we would. By mid-February we are once again following the path of least resistance and operating under the mindless autopilot of old habits; our resolutions patiently wait on a forgotten shelf in the back of our minds until we blow the dust and cobwebs off them the same time next year.
If it is desire that initially causes our resolutions to be born it is lack of self-discipline that sends them to the grave. The Big Question therefore becomes how do we acquire sufficient self-discipline to achieve our new year’s resolutions (or for that matter any other resolution)? Anyone have any success stories to share or lights along the path to help others on their way?