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By Jeanetta Anderson

Resolution:  a firm decision to do or not do something


  1. the movement of an object in a circular or elliptical course around another
  2. a dramatic and wide reaching change in the way something works or is organized

New Year’s resolutions reportedly began with the ancient Babylonian tradition of making promises to the gods in exchange for their favor if kept, but inciting their wrath if broken.  This tradition has morphed into the making of promises of improvement to one’s self, carrying less dramatic repercussions for failure, but also resulting in a less than 10% success rate. I have been part of the 90% club for most of my adult life. My coping mechanism for my resolution failures has always been to turn my failures into funnies, so for years I have jokingly called New Year’s Resolutions New Year’s Revolutions (see definition #1). Losing weight has been one of my top ‘revolutions.’  Each year, about a month into my ‘firm decision to lose weight,’ I begin creatively strategizing as to how to lessen the blow of my failure.  I have done everything from adopt the motto “If you can’t lose it, decorate it,” to naming my fat cells Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy. When I am on the scale, they get a middle name; Shirley Not, Goodness Gracious, and Mercy Me. This year in the middle of an epic diet failure, I sighed in exasperation while reading Psalms 23:6. I realized that dieting was futile because Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy were going to follow me all the days of my life!

Joking aside, the saying goes, “If you do what you’ve always done, you will get what you’ve always gotten.”  With that in mind, this year I am going to strive to achieve the second definition of revolutionby utilizing the power of sixty seconds. Sixty seconds feels like five minutes when I am doing a plank or waiting outside the bathroom door to pee, but it can seem like a speedy fifteen seconds when you are in a Minute to Win It competition! I have discovered that when I am dreading a certain chore, if I set the timer for sixty seconds and give it all I’ve got, I get a lot done. I often get a new resolve for sixty more seconds. Whether it is making the bed, doing the dishes, starting the laundry, exercising, or reading my Bible, the sixty second start is often what I need to head me in the right direction.

I am going to continue this practice with my resolutions in the hopes of revolutionizing them this year. If you have an area that you would like to resolve to make a revolutionary change in, utilize the power of sixty seconds and see where it takes you!  Here’s to a new year with 525,600 sixty-second opportunities. 

Happy 2019!

Further Reading: Micro Actions Can Lead to Macro Changes

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