New Year’s Resolutions Restored

New Year’s Resolution Restoration

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Towards the end of my long association with Toastmaster Clubs, I was attending an advanced club. This was a club that only had members that had attained the Competent Toastmaster award, or higher.

At my last meeting, when it was my turn to speak, I came to the front of the room to give a 5 to 7 minute talk on New Years resolutions. That seemed entirely appropriate, being the first part of January. And I really thought I would be preaching to the choir, sharing something that would make them feel good about their efforts at self improvement.

I got into my topic by asking those present to raise their hands if they had made New Year’s resolutions. I expected every hand to go up. Toastmaster Clubs are all about personal growth. I thought I had good news for my fellow members.

It was an emotional blow when I saw less that half those present raise their hands. It took me a good long moment to catch my breath and reset the intention of my talk. Suddenly I was talking to atheists about spirituality.

From that moment the talk, though more difficult, went well enough, I thought. Then, after I took my seat I began to feel the cold displeasure of the other members. They clearly were not happy about what I had to say and offered a fair amount of harsh criticism.

Feeling deeply rebuffed, I suddenly had my fill and left. I don’t believe I went back. It was the wrong crowd for someone who is committed to personal growth and supportive of the similar intention of others.

What I have to share now is about the same three ideas I put before this group. They are each quite simple.

  1. The new year is a golden opportunity to renew your commitment to a worthwhile personal cause.
  2. There is a subtle helping factor in place because of the change in the year number.
  3. If there is a set back, there is also a way to look at this in a positive light.

After sharing some detail about these three factors, I will make a bold statement about following New Year’s resolutions or not.

Being Golden at the Start of the Year

First, why is it such a golden opportunity?

During the year,we are already making resolutions from time to time. Most do not work out because of the path of least resistance. It is all too easy to lapse back into a previous habit. Still, these resolutions represent our hope for being a better person. And, mirabile dictu, some work out.

The new year is associated with resolutions already. Ignore the nay sayers who hold that the association is with broken resolutions. I’ll get to that issue in the third part.

Think deeply on it. We have the whole week after Christmas to ponder. What few habits shall you pay attention to going forward? Think how you could implement a good strategy. Make your resolve.

By the Numbers

Second, the change of number from one year to the next has a subtle influence on everything. Those who say numerology is bunk have not studied it. They may be among the clueless who say all subtle energy and metaphysics is bunk.

For example, 2016 is a number whose individual digits add up to nine. Thats as high as you can go before the cycle of numbers starts over again with ten, which can be reduce to one by letting go of the zero.

To me this suggests that there is a finishing or ending vibe with that year. Looking back we can see several big changes. Can you recast them as the closing curtain for some memes or movements?

Our current year, 2017 adds up to ten, and so equals one. I see that as a beginning year. Some projects started this year will continue a long time. We can already be looking ahead to Spring for planting the seeds of a new project.

This is a very simplified hit on numerology, but that’s all we need.

Get Back in the Saddle

The third part is about what happens when your resolution is broken? That’s what we call it, a broken resolution. Sounds like fatal damage, doesn’t it? Let go of that thought.

We have within us the power of introspection. We can figure out where we went astray. We can determine how a slightly altered approach may avoid the mistake. We can renew our resolution, our resolve. Why give up at the first set back? It does us no credit.

Now for the bold statement. If you are like the majority in that advanced Toastmasters club who despised New Year’s resolutions, you didn’t read this far. <heh heh>

If you have been on the fence about this, now you might take another look at the possibilities.

If you are a committed resolver, you can , perhaps, add some ammunition to your armory of personal power.

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