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To Resolute or Not: That is the Question

December 29, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (0)

Jan 1As the January 1 approaches, a considerable number of us look at the days ahead and envision ourselves in an improved state, whether that means to develop a healthy habit or characteristic, shaking off a bad one, or both.  A colleague made the point clear to me the other day that not all of us make New Year resolutions – a commitment known as ‘resolute to no resolutions.’  A survey released by the Journal of Clinical Psychology reported that the number of resoluters vs. non-resoluters is 50/50, interesting stuff huh?


Let me focus on the half that chooses to resolute for a moment – why do they do it and why is it important?  For those that don't, please also pay attention!  Take me for an example.  I fall into the resoluter category.  Each year, a few weeks before the start of a new calendar year, I think to myself "what do I want to achieve by year end?"  I frame my resolution as a piecemeal process, one that requires a gradual input of energy to achieve a desired outcome.  Take my 2011 resolution for example: improving living conditions at home.  The overall process looks like this: 1. Declutter the house 2. Reconfigure furniture setup 3. Install aesthetical improvements.  Obviously this could not happen overnight, it required phases with framed project deadlines (and assistance from my father of course).  Did the outcome make me happy?  Yes, our home is so much more spacious, energetic and refreshing… I feel good!

HappinessProjectcoverBIG.1When you really think about the process of setting resolutions, you notice that it is synonymous with goal setting.  It sounds like school work, but it’s not!  It’s about discovering something about your living that is making you unhappy, and thinking about the proper measures that will help you change that.  So what can you do?  I don’t have the answer to the exact procedure but I have a few resources that can help you get started.  First, if you are having problems framing your resolution then you MUST read this bestselling work by Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project (also available as an eBook).  In it she goes through questions that any resoluter should ask themselves before and during any resolution – think of it as a framework that guides the success of what you are trying to resolve.

Frameworks are good but are they enough?  Sometimes we need knowledge from an experienced professional that can speak on a subject and answer our questions directly.  The Barbara Frum Library has speaker resources at your disposal on some very interesting topics worthy for resolution!

January 11, 2012 at 2 p.m.Throw it or Keep it: Decluttering Your Personal Records
Conducted by an information professional, this workshop will help you with the paper clutter problem.  What records do you keep and which ones do you throw away and why?

January 18, 2012 at 7 p.m. Gluten-free, Diary-free, Sugar-free Living Made Easy
Victoria Yeh, author of Gluten-Free, Diary-free, Sugar-free Living Made Easy will show you how to adapt your favourite recipes to a more healthy diet.

January 25, 2012 at 7 p.m.You Can Do it: Build and Maintain Motivation in Your Life
For all those uninspired to resolute this year and for those lacking the juice to improve their livelihood this program is for you.  Based on the latest motivation research, experienced educator - Suzanne Hidi -will explain what it requires to build and maintain motivation in your life.

Whats your resolution?  Engage in our blog and let us know!  We can make resource recommendations you know!

~ Happy New Year ~


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