Purposeful Resolutions

Jan 16, 2018

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Susan Hellard

As we begin a new year, face new challenges, and prepare to conquer those challenges, many of us make what are called New Year's Resolutions. When setting these resolutions, it is important to know how to set resolutions that are attainable, or possible to be reached. When goals are set that cannot be reached, we give up on them easily. This often makes us feel worse than we did before we set a resolution to change!

So why set New Year Resolutions if they potentially make us feel bad about ourselves? Well, because those resolutions could help us serve a bigger purpose than ourselves if we accomplish them. There has to be a reason WHY we want to achieve this change, why we set a resolution to change! To understand how and why resolutions came about in the first place, check out this great Wonder of the Day on Wonderopolis.

I have decided this year to make resolutions that will benefit not only me but hopefully others as well. I thought instead of calling them "New Year Resolutions," I could call them, "Purposeful Resolutions," to remind myself that they have meaning, and are not just self-serving. I wanted to give all of my resolutions a why. I do this to the lessons I teach in class. I identify the why. Why am I doing this? What do I hope to accomplish, or what do I hope the students accomplish by completing this lesson? The why helps me remember the purpose, and the purpose helps me stay focused on the goal. Without the why, I have no purpose, and without a purpose, I lose focus.

This year I have changes that I would like to make to make me a better person for my family and keep me more refreshed for my students. These resolutions to change in 2018 are:

1. Spend more time with my family. My family is so incredibly important to me, and I don't get to see them as much as I want to. My dad had an accident at home before Christmas. I have always know that life is precious, but this has reminded me just how precious life really is.

2. Spend less time on social media. I will not confuse social media with "being social." If I am in the physical company of others, I will be social WITH them, and put my phone away.

3. I will separate home from work. I have a tendency to bring work home, and when that happens I continue to work until 12 or 1 am. I am going to trust that I do a good job at work, but to save my best for home. Home needs my energy and love of life just as much as my students and fellow teachers do. I have to be sure that I don't use all of my energy at work.

What purposeful resolutions did you make that could have a positive impact on others?

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