By: Brady Evans
I’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately and it seems as if during the first week of the year all of them were professing how they “don’t make resolutions.”
Hm. Why not? We can’t be so perfect that we don’t need to change, can we? Or are we just turned off by the fad-ish feeling of it all? If you aren’t making changes at the beginning of the year, then when are you?
I, for one, am proud to say that I make resolutions every year. Just last year I made the resolution… well, actually, I’ve totally forgotten what I resolved to do, but I bet it meant a lot for awhile!
This year I resolved to speak less and listen more. I spend enough time giving my opinions (three blogs, facebook, twitter). These media are all about me, me, me and what I have to say, say, say. I’m a super opinionated person anyway (and I really try to be nice about it and I *do* bite my tongue when necessary) so I thought it might be nice to turn over a new leaf and keep my thoughts to myself. I’m not trying to say that all my thoughts are Debbie Downers or Negative Nellys, instead, I’m saying that sometimes people just want to talk to you and walk away without more advice or anecdotes.
My tactics have been few, but effective:
1) During my commute to work I think everything I want to say about everything and sometimes I even have one sided conversations out loud and once I do, I’m good.
2) I type out long emails and then carefully hit the delete button until all of my opinions are gone.
Am I liking it? Not one bit. Is it good for me? Yep.
How are your resolutions going?