1. First the definition: Dictionary.com calls it the state of being resolved. Don't you hate it when they do that? The second definition is better: firm determination.
2. Or as William James said, "If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it."
3. Most of the resolutions I made when I was younger involved DOING (and numbers): run 3 miles a day. Write 30 pages a week. Submit your work to 10 new places. Now my resolutions focus more on BEING: Be kinder. Be more aware. Be the Peace you want to see in the world.
4. I often thought I failed at my resolutions, but looking back, I see that they pointed me to the place where I am now.
5. Real progress is frequently incremental, and sometimes takes years to see.
5. Keep resolving anyway.
6. I resolved to write a novel and to sell it, and I did.
7. It might not have happened that way. Sometimes Resolution needs to marry Luck.
8. Physically, resolution is the runner's art. Sometimes it's a sprint, but more often, a marathon.
9. Resolutions before bed keep me awake. For me, resolution is morning's virtue; the evening is for gratitude.
10. If your van is stuck in the snow (see photo from flickr) all the Resolution in the world probably won't get it out of that rut. In this world, you need friends.
Next week: GENEROSITY