Start the New Year With a Revolution!

My daughter, Courtney, noticed a few ignorant people on social media replaced New Year’s Resolutions with New Year’s Revolutions. It made me think. (Keep in mind, I’m still on Oxycodone after my surgery last Monday.) Revolutions might be a better word!

sunburst over earth

 

First of all, the Earth “revolves” around the Sun in one year’s time. The start of the New Year begins after a complete revolution.

We all want to make changes or reach goals in our lives. You don’t? Wow. Lucky you. I think the promises we make on New Year’s Eve are closer to revolutions than resolutions since they require a huge change in our lives. Oh sure. If your only goal in 2015 is to take more vacations, I wouldn’t call that a revolution. But if you want to make a lifestyle change, that my friend, will take a revolution.

New Year's Postcards

According to the Web dictionary, Revolution is a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.

Whoa! That sounds intense, but isn’t a big lifestyle change intense?

Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to complete our resolutions. We have to overthrow our normal belief system, habits, and everyday lives, in order to change. This requires time, commitment, and management. We all have the same twenty-four hour day, but we are creatures of habit. Even if we have unstructured time, we probably have a routine. Motivating to get off the couch and into the gym can take monumental effort, or this shocking bracelet.

Pavlok shocking bracelet

We are two weeks into the New Year and I would guess most people have already bailed on their New Year’s Resolutions or haven’t started. If we changed it to revolutions, the connotation alone sounds more serious. A complete revolution requires mental toughness, a schedule, and some new rules in order to make changes.

Will I make some personal revolutions while the Earth saunters around the Sun? You betcha. Here are some tricks:

I believe in the self-affirmation of writing down goals. I have a long list, so I will pick out a few. After guestimating how long it will take, I’ll check the calendar, set aside some time, and start. I’ll visualize finishing my goal. Breaking down the day in manageable pieces worked for me during NaNoWriMo. I’ll set a word total or block of time for editing every day. I have to go to the gym for rehab, so I will start the year on the right foot (or the left, in my case. Pun intended). If all goes well, I should overthrow any laziness and get revolutionized in 2015!

  • The History of New Year’s Resolutions dates back to the Babylonians who promised their gods they would repay debts and return borrowed goods.
  • The Romans started each year with promises to the god, Janus, of which the month, January, is named.
  • During Medieval times, knights took the Peacock Vow promising to be more chivalrous. Hey! I’m all about peacocks and chivalry.

Are you ready to revolt?

65 thoughts on “Start the New Year With a Revolution!

  1. Stealing a brilliant word & concept from your daughter…shame on you. She should be your guest writer next time. Tell her “New Year’s Revolution” is brilliant, especially for us revolutionaries.
    Heads up, Susie: go to my website Tuesday & you will most likely win a Valentines ampersand mug with a Starbux gift card stuffed inside. All you need to do is send the most subscribers my way & I bet you can do it!

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  2. Shocking!!! (the bracelet). Since I never make New Years Resolutions, I might consider New Years Revolutions. I guess what some are calling the “Stupid Generation” are clever out of pure ignorance, or maybe they are not as stupid as some think.

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    • I’m not into self- inflicted pain, so bloodless is the plan. It will be a coup!
      Thanks for asking! It’s been a week where the term “baby steps” has taken on literal meaning. I should be off the walker by Friday. Woohoo!

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  3. I think you are right. It takes a lot to nudge people out of habits. This year you seem to be revolving around exercising healing muscles and writing – good plan.
    (and isn’t it funny how some of the funniest stuff comes out of people who don’t have a clue that their slip-ups are hilarious and insightful?)

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  4. Revolutions or resolutions? Hmmm. Either way, I made none, although I’m pretty sure I going to keep revolving so maybe I don’t need a new revolution if I’m getting one anyway. That’s too deep for me this Monday.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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  5. I don’t make resolutions, and I get it with what you’re saying about revolutions, Susie, but I just reach a point when I do what needs to get done and stick with it. Last year I radically changed my diet and started riding a spin bike. Last month, I suffered a non-related spin bike injury while on vacation that forced me to take it easy. The recovery cost me a second week of non-spin bike riding. I’m able to resume riding now, but I missed it!

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  6. I love it Susie!! I see New Years Revolutions going viral and people taking their promises and commitments more seriously!! As for Inion N. Mathair, we shall forever make New Years Eve Revolutions from this moment on!! Most excellent post my dear. Intelligent look at an old tradition. 😉 xoxo Sharing now!!

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  7. Yes, yes, yes!! Sign me up. I am a rebel and I love to stir things up. One of my resolutions was to do a little dance each and every day of 2015. So far I have missed a couple but I make up for it the following day. Good advice, amiga!

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  8. Great twist on the new year. Looking back at 2012-2014, each of those years had a lot of revolution going on for me in some way (monumental change). And I believe I’ll keep things rolling along; this year asking for change to happen with as much grace and ease as possible.

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  9. Colorado,

    An excellent perspective on the age old NY thang. And I have to agree with you. Resolutions are akin to lifestyle diets, which is why they do not tend to last. Revolutions is a much smarter way of looking at this. And it sounds way cooler.

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    • Thanks Cayman! It made so much sense to me. It takes complete change of perspective and lifestyle to make a change in your life. Resolving to change is more like a wish. We’ll see if it works!
      Go Green Bay!

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