When you declare a resolution or a goal. You are more likely to succeed. This is what I read somewhere on the vast internet. I thought well that’s sort of true.
I decided to look at the last resolve I blurted out to a manager at work. Perhaps I can examine this one and put it through some scrutiny.
But also, how about investigating the pros and cons of an idea before you decide.
This is self change in action or inaction. It’s up to me.
The other day I was thinking and talking aloud with a Manager at work. I was thinking of giving up my allocated car park and making a commitment to cycling to work. First world problems I know.
But this is a big commitment surely. All the excuses I have.
Some of these include:
It’s going to rain today
I have to go to Toastmasters in the morning. (Means cycling along Bealey Ave)
All manner of reasons to avoid heavily trafficked roads.
I need to get there quickly
I have to go somewhere at lunch time.
I want to protect my electronics
I loathe cycling in the rain
I love listening to my car stereo.
Being stuck in traffic is contemplative time for me in the car.
Drivers are horrible to cyclists, its dangerous
Now how long is my list in favour of cycling? This is harder because of the first list. The first list of the excuses are the habits I have to break. Excuses need replacing.
So these are some of the pros of cycling
I can see the scenery in a more contemplative way.
It is free.
Save on petrol costs.
I’m getting exercise.
Makes my wife happy
Doing a little bit to save the planet
I’m getting my daily vitamin D
Ok now I have to really struggle now to reach that tipping point. To succeed in my resolution is going to take more than some public announcement. I have to actively reduce the excuses list.
I have succeeded in the past I have quit smoking. I have begun to exercise more and try to keep reducing weight. I think in all of these endeavours to commit to some kind of resolution is to be vigilant at each test of that resolve.
Each time I present the excuse to myself I need to also provide a counter offer to that excuse to try and change the habit.