Word Of the Week #543: Resolution

January 1, 2015 by  

Resolution a firm decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner.

Do you usually make a New Year’s resolution? Is there something you want to do this year? Would you like to modify or change any behavior?

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions and I was asked during the Holidays what I wanted 2015 to be for me. My first thought was my two travel mantras, which are, “I want to be surprised, but not P..O..ed.” and “its 5:00 somewhere, and I want to be somewhere by 5:00.”

What they mean for me is that, “I know enough information but not everything. I like to be surprised!” And, “I don’t want my days jammed full with activities. I want to be able to relax and have some down time before dinner.”

Travel is very personal! I don’t want to do so much research that I know what to expect. Perfect examples of that are when we went to Egypt (I had no idea how many different temples there were other than the pyramids) and Xi’an, China (I had no idea there were 8000 life size terra cotta soldiers buried there.) And I don’t want all of my days filled with pre-planned activities from sun up to sun down. For long time subscribers you might remember my WOW on “planned spontaneity.”

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Things that I have learned that will make my resolution work are: 1) find out when the weather (temperature, precipitation, air quality) is most ideal and go at that time. 2) you can never assume you will find a hotel room on the weekend in the “off season.” 3) don’t book your air before you know what your itinerary is! (This is especially important if you want to book a cruise.) You could be set up for great disappointment.

If you’re like me and don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, think about what you like to do and how you could improve upon it or make it better. Maybe it’s like not making the same mistake twice?

This week’s focus is on resolutions. Don’t feel pressured to come up with one just because it’s New Year’s. Do it because it feels right. Is there anything you have wanted to do for a long time? How would it feel to make plans for that to happen? Is there any behavior you would like to change? Do you have the support to help you make that happen?

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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