“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any time.”

– Marcus Aurelius 

The holidays have ended, the Christmas decorations have been put away. Many decided to make New Year’s resolutions for 2013. But, now it is January and some of those ideas unintentionally got packed away with the decorations; a problem that seems to happen every year, even to the point that some choose not to participate in making resolutions. I decided to find out what the word resolution means. Webster’s states, “Resolution is the act or process of reducing to simpler form.” I did not really expect to find that definition. But, as I thought about it, it made perfect sense, answering my original question. If I would resolve (reduce to the simplest form) my goals of 20013, I would have a greater likelihood to start, stick with, and accomplish my goals. I usually start with great intent, but soon get overwhelmed with how to get started or the complexity in accomplishing my goal. If I focus on the process of breaking the goal down to its simplest form, I would have a greater chance of getting started and staying with the task of goal completion.

Will you choose to resolve your goals to ensure their success for the upcoming year?

Kevin Polky, LCSW,CADC