Knights of the New Year's Resolution
By Charles Hopkins
Published 01/2/2008 | Games
Every January 1st we make New Year's Resolutions because we want a
better year if not a great year, and it is a long-standing tradition of
the holiday. Resolutions usually revolve around a long-standing want,
need, or problem we have that we would like resolved. Something, for
example, like losing weight to look better and increase your health and
life expectancy. That entails things like working out, eating right,
and the thing that ties everything else together... thinking right.
What you are going to learn will make this systematically automatic.
The average life expectancy of you doing things right to accomplish
your resolution is about four days! Nothing got resolved - because you
had no resolve! Rather, you had just a fleeting notion to start putting
in effort. It ends before achieving effect and the next year, you are
again facing off against your failure.
"This year will be different," you might say. Well, here is
something to do to make it that way. Your New Year's Resolution
Solution is to change your timetable. Reviewing progress you made for a
year is not enough. We too easily forget and let it slip from our mind
to unimportance. Give yourself instead a weekly review of your
progress. So, let us see. In the first week you put in four days toward
your resolution. That is pretty good actually! Just three days a week
in a gym is enough to give people very favorable results.
Working from your success for that week, take in the mindset that
your resolution is not so much a goal as it is a game. The goal is the
prize that keeps you motivated, but the game is keeping at doing what
you need to do in order to win that prize. Going ahead for another week
will get you ahead of the bulk of players. If you don't believe it,
then notice how the over-crowded health club you were in last week now
seems like a very vacant facility this week.
Congratulations, you persevered when they did not! Be steadfast and
stay in the game! See it as utmost importance to have unwavering
commitment to the point of relentless obsession for the prize. "GO FOR
THE GOLD," as Olympians would say. You have got to totally immerse
yourself in the game in order to play it right. You have got to be a
game enthusiast! You are on a journey, a Holy Quest! A journey to a
game enthusiast means FUN!
The calendar is your game board. Don't be taken off the board. Be
steadfast and stay in the game! Every week is a trip around the game
board. Every seventh day is where you contemplate, analyze, figure,
fix, alter, improve, refine, adapt, adopt, re-adopt, pat yourself on
the back and give yourself a reward, then re-dedicate yourself to your
plan of action for the following week. 52 times around the board and
you are crowned King or Queen! FOR REAL!
That not only gives you your goal, it gives you royal bragging
rights - tales of how you victoriously conquered your enemy and seized
controlling power over your vast enchanted dominion. So, whether they
are led by the archetype of oversize ogres, a maniacal wizard, or
menacing dragons, matters not. You can credulously threaten that any
enemy you righteously declare war on this year will also face the same
fate of being permanently vanquished by your invincible heroic army of
devoted and boldly brave Knights of the New Year's Resolution.