I tend to resist going along just to get along. I typically need a solid reason for pursuing something and so I’m not comfortable doing something just because someone else says too, or to follow the herd, so to speak. This probably sounds rebellious, though for me it’s more about seeing the big picture of things and knowing the context. Learning these things is essential and helps me to get behind ideas or tasks wholeheartedly. I think I do some of my best work under these conditions.

January arrived and everyone around me seems to be making resolutions because that’s “what one does” this month, but I’m a little dubious. I do believe that most people really do want to keep their resolutions, but research tells us that the majority of them are broken and then abandoned just a few weeks or months into the new year.

So this year, instead of abandoning the positive aspects of making a resolution, I’m trying to figure out what I can do to set some healthy goals for the year and what it’s going to take for me to be successful. I’m beginning with reading Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin and writing down the discoveries I make about myself and how I best learn and stick to new habits. Stay tuned and I promise to share a bit about what happens throughout this year.