I don’t mean the usual type of resolutions – the ones that prompt us to buy gym memberships that go unused, wall planners full of goals that are never met, and thigh-masters that we store in the closet for a couple of years before trying to pawn them off in a yard sale.
No, I’m asking about a whole different kind of resolution. These resolutions are almost prophetic, in how reliably they come true.
So… do you want your resolutions to be more like that, or more like the thigh-master?
I’m guessing that you want the resolutions that are likely to come true. Marketing definitions come and go, but it really all comes down to thinking a little more about the words that we use.
Take It From A Writer… Words Matter!
It bugs me when people are careless with their words. Words are used casually that shouldn’t be, and that dilutes their meaning. Here are a few examples:
Fantastic. Wonderful. Unbelievable.
We use all these words to mean that something is good, but think about it for a moment – do we really use these words properly?
Fantastic. As in “right out of a fantasy” – is everything we describe as fantastic really that good?
Wonderful. As in “full of wonder” – think about that next time you use the word.
Unbelievable. Really? You actually can’t believe it?
The problem with using words casually is that the words get diluted, and then you don’t have a good word to use when something really fantastic and wonderful does happen. As one author put it, “if you say that you love the chicken, then does it mean as much to say that you love your wife?”
What Does This Have to Do With Resolutions?!
Yes, there is a point to all this, and the point is that we use the word “resolution” much too casually. Here’s what most people mean when they say that their resolution is to lose ten pounds, for example:
“It would be nice if I lost ten pounds in the new year. I’m hoping it’ll happen, and I’m willing to try going to the gym if it’ll help.”
That may be what most people mean, but I think it’s misusing the word. Here are some dictionary definitions (courtesy of Dictionary.com):
Resolution (noun): “a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group” or “a solution, accommodation, or settling of a problem, controversy, etc.”
Resolve (verb): “to come to a definite or earnest decision” or “to conclusively deal with a question or matter of uncertainty”
Gee, it sounds pretty serious when you put it that way, doesn’t it? Sounds like a lot of thought goes into a real resolution… So if we were to use the word properly, and resolve to lose ten pounds, here is what it should mean:
“I’ve thought about it, and losing some weight is important to my health and quality of life. Improving these things is an important goal that I am committed to achieving in the new year, and so I have decided to lose ten pounds in the first three months of the year. I’m going to go to the gym, and eat healthier food in order to achieve that goal.”
If we use the word properly, then we’re much more likely to make it come true, don’t you think?
We’ll Show You Ours If You Show Us Yours…
Seen in this light, I’ll ask the question again: are you Resolved?
Is there something that you’ve decided is important to you, and you’re going to work towards achieving in 2011?
At Mirasee, we certainly do. We are resolved to growing our student-base… a lot.
We’re motivated to do it because we get a kick out of seeing the business results of our students; always good, sometimes amazing, and occasionally fantastic and wonderful, but never unbelievable – because we know better!
To get there, we’re going to be running an amazing contest for you, our blog readers, throughout the month of January. I don’t want to spill the beans just yet, but here’s what I can tell you now:
- We’re going to give away our system of FIRE-PROOF Selling, that we’ve never shared with anyone but our Mirasee students. And we’re going to give it to you, for free. (So if you aren’t subscribed to the blog yet, now is the time!)
- At the end of the month, we’re going to be giving away almost $13,000 in prizes. (That isn’t a typo!)
All that’s coming in January, so stay tuned. In the meantime, how about sharing your resolutions with us? Remember that accountability helps us achieve our goals!
Leave a comment and tell us what you’ve resolved to do in the New Year!