Some people make resolutions for the new year on New Year’s day.  They may have been thinking about an area of improvement they want to make in the new year   but plan to enjoy the last days of the old year before starting the new plan.  Others ease into a plan for the new year gradually, with some days on and some days off, definitely planning to exercise or eat healthy or whatever, but not strongly committed to making it happen on a daily basis.  Some plan to make no plan and no resolutions, possibly because everything is just fine as it is, or, more likely, just because they don’t want to commit or put expectations on themselves.

Whatever your style of evaluating the past year and looking ahead to 2016, the words of the German poet, philosopher, and playwright, Johann Goethe, give some good advice on how to gather momentum for commitment to a new dream or goal:

“Until one is committed, there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves, too.  All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred  A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising to one’s favor all matter .of unforeseen accidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.  Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it.”

As American theologian, Harvey Cox, so succinctly put it, “Not to decide, is to decide.”