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Re-solution

MCQ - December 29, 2008

Setting resolutions for the new year is a widespread tradition, but Mormons should be more inclined to set them and, just maybe, more able to achieve them.  Why?  Because we, more than people of other faiths, believe people can change.  In fact, we believe there are no limits to the amount that people can change.  We even have a name for this belief: eternal progression.  What is eternal progression but an endless series of resolutions made and kept?  So, now that you know that new year’s resolutions are an integral part of the gospel, what are yours for 2009?

16 Comments »

  1. Lose weight (eat better and less food, exercise). Watch less television. Read more good books, especially the scriptures. Use my spare time better with more productive endeavors. My family is grown and mostly gone and my grandkids are now the focus of our lives but we only see them occasionally. My job is exciting but not as demanding of my time as past jobs in past times have been. I need to start setting a precedent for retirement by keeping myself busy, but not too busy.

    Comment by lamonte — December 29, 2008 @ 6:57 am

  2. Lose weight, take up running again (prepare for my fourth LA Marathon in 2010), write & complete a novel, actually read the whole B of M, 100% home teaching, reconcile with my son, be more conscious of moments for service and charity, increase my annual income by 25%, overhaul my retirement plan, have monthly getaways with my family– even for the weekend…

    Comment by David T. — December 29, 2008 @ 9:25 am

  3. Wow, so far those are some great resolutions. One thing I would suggest to those who make resolutions, especially resolutions like “lose weight,” is that you be specific. It’s easy to say you want to lose weight, but in order to actually acomplish that (especially in any lasting way) you need to say how you plan to do that.

    For example, I like David’s resolution regarding running and preparing for a marathon. That will cause weight loss and it is the kind of resolution that is much easier to visualize and complete. Even better would be if you were to resolve to join a group or team that is doing the same thing and that has regular workouts.

    Comment by MCQ — December 29, 2008 @ 10:41 am

  4. I tend to set resolutions after conference since I generally require the most change in spiritual matters.

    Comment by Kim Siever — December 29, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  5. ?_? I’m still wondering why anything mentioned in the post would lead to Mormons making more New Years’ Resolution.

    A belief in change and a belief in eternal progression does not justify piling up all planned change to the new year’s. “Oh, I can only reach my goals if I start on January 1st!” As you say, MCQ, eternal progression is endless.

    My resolutions have always been the same and I pick them up as I go — do better in school, be fairer in my dealings with others (I apologize for the first part of this comment — oops!), the regular stuff.

    Comment by Andrew S — December 29, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

  6. Andrew, that’s just a misreading of the post. Nothing in the post says you have to do it only on the new year, but why not start there? Starting Januay 1 is great because the calendar year gives you a time frame for starting fresh and checking your progress. It folds in well with journal writing too, because you can do a year end progress report on yourself and see how you can do better next year.

    Comment by MCQ — December 29, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

  7. MCQ,

    I’d be more specific about how much weight I want to lose, but then I’d be tipping my hand to how much I NEED to lose. ;-)

    Comment by David T. — December 29, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

  8. Ha, no need to be that specific. Just post a picture and we’ll have a “biggest loser” contest.

    Comment by MCQ — December 29, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

  9. MCQ – I just returned from a vacation and it always seems that the vacation pictures mtoivate me to lose weight. For the record – if I lost 50 pounds my weight would be perfect but if I lose 25 pounds I will be very happy. And that might motivate me to lose the additional 25. But for the last 25 years I’ve been fluctuating between 35 and 50 pounds overweight so I need to find a way to lose it forever. I belong to a gym but I haven’t been to the gym consistently over the past six months because we’ve been focused on renovating our house. But, on the other hand, the renovation work (keeping busy in the evenings and on the weekends with physical labor instead of watching television with a snack in my hand) has provided me with the most success I’ve experienced in recent years at losing weight. But now the holidays have me heading in the wrong direction.

    David mentioned writing a novel which is something I have plaaned to do for about 12 years but haven’t really started. It seems like after I finish my workout and eat my low calorie meal, that would be a good way to spend my evenings. Anyway, saying it or writing it down is a good way to start. Actually doing it is the real challenge. Wish me luck.

    Comment by lamonte — December 30, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  10. Good luck lamonte, and to all!

    It seems that we all share many of the same goals, so let’s keep the comments going with progress reports. Everyone can come back here and post their weight, their running times or other athletic events, as well as chapters of novels (or, if you don’t want us reading it just yet, at least outlines of chapters and progress reports on how many pages have been written).

    You can also post progress reports on chapters of the BoM read, David, and any other goal progress you want to keep track of. This will be a good way to keep track of our progress and cheer each other on.

    Anyone who wishes to join us should post their resolutions here and then everyone should plan to make a progress report at least once per month (or more often if you can).

    Come on everyone, are you in or out?

    Comment by MCQ — December 30, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

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  12. About a year ago someone on one of the other blogs mentioned http://www.readthescriptures.com. I’ve been using the service ever since. It delivers a selection (you choose how much) of whatever scripture or manual or church magazine (you choose what) right to your inbox. Right now I have a chapter of each of the Book of Mormon and New Testament coming each day. You don’t get the next days’ reading until you click on the “completed” button when you’re done with the selection.

    I gave it a try at first, because even if other circumstances prevent me picking up a book on any given day, I always read my email.

    You can also form reading teams, so if you wanted a Nine Moons Team, it looks like it would be fairly easy to set up.

    Comment by Researcher — January 2, 2009 @ 9:50 am

  13. That looks like a pretty good idea, Researcher. It also reminds me of a principle that I have found to be essential in any successful resolution: Don’t try to do it alone. The chances of success in changing your habits and your life are increased immeasurably when you join a like-minded group.

    Let’s take weight loss as an example. You can lose weight by either decreasing the calories you eat or by exercising or, preferably, both. If you try to get in the habit of eating healthier and exercising by yourself, your chances of success are slim (and you will not be). If you join an existing group that is committed to the same goals, where you can meet regularly and share motivation, exchange strategies and exercise together, you will almost certainly be successful.

    So, whatever your goal is, get together with others that are doing the same thing. That’s the way to make it happen, and it’s fun too.

    Comment by MCQ — January 2, 2009 @ 10:43 am

  14. Just saw this essay about new year’s resolutions and thought I’d share it. I like that it says you should plab for setbacks in acheiving your resolutions and not give up or call yourself a failure if you don’t acheive them right away. I also like that it says to keep it simple. One straight-forward, well-defined goal is way better than ten nebulous ones. Reassessing your goals every month, deciding what is working and what issn’t and making sure that you keep yourself on some track toward success sounds like a great way to approach resolutions.

    Comment by MCQ — January 28, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

  15. BTW, one of my resolutions is to finally learn to play my guitar (I have a Gibson Les Paul that I dearly love), so I signed up for lessons that I will go to twice a month (because that’s all I have time for). I have set a very relaxed practice schedule (with lots of breaks for Rock Band) and hope to be able to play my first song by March. Any requests?

    Comment by MCQ — January 28, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

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