How do I choose a resolution?
When a new year approaches, we often resolve to address a need or desire in our own lives. For example, if a doctor says it’s time to quit smoking, we may resolve to quit smoking. Or if we desire to get back in shape, our resolution may be to exercise three times a week.
You can use the same prompt to choose a socially conscious resolution as well. Identify a need out in the world and maybe your resolution can help, even in a small way, to address and alleviate it.
Yet there are so many needs in the world! Homelessness, hunger, at risk youth, environmental challenges, abused and neglected animals, children in need of tutoring and mentoring, assault and abuse victims, homes that need volunteers to build them, isolated incarcerated individuals who may need help reintegrating back into society, orphans, individuals and small businesses in need of micro-loans, seniors who would appreciate a visit…there are many, many people in your world, in your country, in your community, that have very real needs.
Which need tugs at your heart? Which need moves you?
Maybe you lost a relative to cancer–perhaps your resolution could be to help raise funds for cancer research by participating in a least two cancer walks this year. Maybe you’ll even help organize one! Or maybe growing up you had a mentor who made all the difference in your life. Might you volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters this year and be that same positive influence on someone else? Or maybe you recently saw or read a report on orphans with AIDS in another country. Could you support one of these kids through an international organization?
Maybe there is a need that hits closer to home, one that is speaking to you. A local playground that is falling apart or a neighbor who is alone. Could you resolve to do something about that?
Just plain stuck? Check out the other resolutions on this site for some fantastic ideas. Or start with a commitment to volunteer on The Martin Luther King Jr., Day of Service on Jan 16th, 2012
And remember, there’s no need to choose just one resolution…feel free to make as many as you want! But whatever is calling you–GO FOR IT!
How do I submit it? And why should I do so through this site?
Making a public declaration of your resolution serves several purposes. Among them: you will very likely inspire and challenge others through your resolution. What you’ve resolved to do might spark another’s heart and conscience…it might be exactly what they would like to resolve to do as well. In addition, those who know you and see your resolution on our site can keep you accountable and help you stick with it.
Ready to go for it? Submit your resolution here.
What if I’ve failed to live up to my New Year’s resolutions in the past? How do I make sure I really stick with it this time?
We’ve all been there in one way or another. Making a change can be difficult. Busy everyday life doesn’t always make it easy to maintain our commitments. However, it can be done. Here are some tips on sustaining your resolution:
- Choose something that is meaningful to you. If your heart is in it, it’ll be that much easier to keep your word.
- Tell others in your life about your resolution. You’ll inspire them and gain a few cheerleaders and encouragers in the process.
- Write your resolution down on a small piece of paper and keep it in your wallet or purse.
- If your resolution includes you visiting somewhere like a shelter or after-school center, put it on your calendar as a appointment as you would any other meeting or important task.
- Consider partnering with someone else on your resolution. If you are resolving to visit seniors at a local senior center, for example, you could invite a friend to make the resolution with you and visit at the same times that you will. You can then stir each other on over the course of the upcoming season. You might also ask a group that you belong to to make a resolution(s) together (such as a group mentoring project, adopting a highway or doing a resume workshop for individuals looking for employment). As a group you can not only keep each other accountable, but you can build meaningful relationships as you fulfill your resolution together.
- And, of course, check in with Resolution ‘12 regularly to tell us how you’re doing!