THE BASIS POINT

Resolve Isn’t Just A January Thing

 

Resolve is about preserving your energy. Don't spin out on tactics that blow your strategy. And don't blow your journey in a race for your destination.

 

As the first business day of 2022 ends, here are 3 thoughts on New Year’s resolutions.

1. Resolve Isn’t Just A January Thing. New Year’s resolutions are about habits. Boldly announcing habit changes helps many of us with accountability, but means less to me every year. Working on habit changes daily matters more to me now. I’ve gotten far more reward from in the past several years just letting the work speak for itself — whether it’s losing weight, quitting drinking, starting a business, or being a better family member, friend, and teammate. This is daily, monthly, yearly work.

2. Resolve Is Both Journey And Destination. The word resolve has two definitions. First, it means to settle or find a solution to a problem or situation. Second, it means to make a firm determination to do something. The former is a destination, the latter is a journey. If we do nothing else during this time of year, we should ponder this.

3. Destinations Change, So Preserve Your Energy. The second definition of resolve — a firmness of purpose or intent — is an absolute must to make good on resolutions. Work hard. Finish the job. Push on, even when things are the hardest. This is what we were taught as kids yesterday, what we teach our kids today, and what they’ll teach their kids tomorrow. Whatever we resolve to do doesn’t mean shit without resolve. It’s what makes makes us all-powerful in select moments, and what picks us off the ground when we’re down. Resolve is about preserving your energy. Don’t spin out on tactics that blow your strategy. And don’t blow your journey in a race for your destination.

I wish you all the resolve in the world as your year begins, and look forward to crossing paths in 2022…

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