Resolutions vs. Aspirations

The time of year has come to turn the page, put up a new calendar and decide how you are going to change your life in the new year, the new decade.  This time of year means that I am again going to explain why I write down aspirations, not resolutions.

Resolution is defined as a determination or determining a course of action.  This is truly what people should do with New Year’s resolutions but most do not.  Most write down some statements and never determine a course of action for making these items happen.  Resolve, also in my mind, has a much stronger force behind it.  To me, and it may be because of my political background, a resolution is a must.  Why would someone set up for failure by making a resolution with no plan on how to do it?

Aspirations are defined as strong longings, desires or aims.  To aspire to something generally presents an air of want.  Very few people want to work out daily and lose weight.  Yet, many resolve to do just that at the start of each new year.  If someone aspired to lose weight, the longing would take over and the chances of success may be higher.

In the end, the difference between making new year’s resolutions and making new year’s aspirations is just word play.  The same thing happens.  I write down goals for the upcoming year.  Nowhere in the definition of resolution do I see the word goal so until I find out why they are called resolutions, I will continue to make a list of my aspirations for the new year.

I previously wrote about Aspirations versus Resolutions.

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5 thoughts on “Resolutions vs. Aspirations

  1. I’ve kept very few of my resolutions. The only one that I did keep was the one to get in better shape. About 15 years ago I began riding an exercise bike. It was so boring that I said in the spring I was going to try running. Spring came and I went for my first run in years. I couldn’t even run 1/2 mile. I continued to improve, and have been running ever since.

    This is one that I’m glad I kept.

    • I think I always set my mileage goal too high. I seldom achieve it, though I haven’t totaled up this year yet.

      I am glad I have kept that goal to get in better shape also!!!

      • I have gone through different stages in my running. At first it was just for the exercise.
        Then I became more competitive and ran shorter races. i.e. 5k.
        Then I decided on a marathon, and began running long distances. I continued to run marathons, and shorter races for a while.
        Then I ran with a group where 6 of us ran a 200 mile race from the Northern part of Vermont, to the Southern part of Vermont. It took us just under 28 hours. I think that burned me out.
        I’m back to running for the exercise again. I’ve enjoyed each of these stages. I’m not sure what the next stage will be.

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