"In the middle of a resolution, of the act of resolving, this current of energy seems to be running through us. Nothing can pull us off of that path. There’s going to be change. There’s going to be pounds dropped, careers amplified, new jobs won, businesses launched, home projects completed, books written, cigarettes snuffed out for the last time.
We all know that feeling within our bodies – complete, total, utter commitment to that goal. We can taste it. “This time, it just feels different”. “I’m in the right place for this”. We boldly declare it, sometimes, because we truly, truly believe in that goal. We truly, truly believe we have what’s in us to make it be so.
So in the face of a few drinks, finding ourselves standing outside in the freezing January air, not 45 minutes after resolving so deeply to respect our bodies and quit smoking, where is the wall of commitment against which that temptation should be shattering?
Failed goals have taught us something, and we carry that lesson around with each new opportunity. Each new attempt to quit smoking is colored by the prior failed attempt. Each dream of a new, fulfilling job is influenced and tarnished by the belief that we have not lived up to our potential in the past. There is no clean slate, unless we choose to take the time to acknowledge and release past failures."