Resolving To Be Resolute

James Proclaims (4)

As is customary on the first day of the year I intend to make some resolutions in order to stop being the rubbish version of me that the world has come to know and instead become a really good version of me. Maybe even to become the best me that I can be. But that does seem quite ambitious, and also wouldn’t leave me with anywhere to go next year. So it’s probably more realistic to aim to be a version of me that is a little bit better than the current version, but with enough room for improvement that I can still make some resolutions this time next year.

In the past I haven’t taken this annual pledge to self-betterment particularly seriously. Although last year my predictions about 2020 were unerringly accurate. Alarmingly so given that I wrote that entire post as a joke. So I’ll be more careful about predicting the doom of humanity this year. In all honesty that ship may already have sailed anyway. But it wouldn’t hurt to be a touch more optimistic, just in case last year’s post wasn’t a massive coincidence and I do actually have the power to accidently predict the future.

It’s not easy to come up with proper resolutions though. There are myriad ways in which I could be better than I currently am, but they do all seem to require some sort of effort on my part. And I’m not sure I really want to have to try to be better. I’d rather just take it easy, watch an undemanding box-set and have another slice of cake.

But rules are rules and I am obliged to commit to some sort of lifestyle change in order to be a more worthwhile member of the human race. So here are my official resolutions for 2021:

  1. Start to believe in myself. Obviously I already believe in myself, insofar as I’m quite certain that I exist. I don’t think I’m the tooth fairy or anything mad like that. But maybe I don’t always believe in my capacity to succeed and if watching bad movies has taught me anything it’s that the key to success is blind self-belief in spite of overwhelming evidence of likely failure. When I was in school I briefly had a supply teacher covering my history class and he told us that he truly believed that anyone could achieve whatever they set their mind to. Which was pretty inspirational stuff, although I can only conclude that he didn’t want to achieve the status of permanent employment because he wasn’t with us for very long at all.
  2. Learn how to fly. Once I’ve achieved the target of ‘believing in myself’, it seems only logical that I use that self-belief to achieve something that I never thought was possible. And I currently don’t believe that I could ever learn to fly. So hopefully that’ll change soon.
  3. Ignore the naysayers. Obviously a key factor in self-improvement is to not let anyone trample on your dreams. Like the kind of people who say “You definitely can’t fly James, come away from the ledge”. I definitely won’t be listening to those people in 2021!

Ok, that’s that box ticked. Now I can get on with the rest of my day. Which seems likely to involve mindless TV and excess calories.

  16 comments for “Resolving To Be Resolute

  1. January 1, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Did you just take the plot from Spacejam and turn it into a New Years resolution post?

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    • January 1, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      I’ve never seen Spacejam, which does seem like a glaring failure on my part, but I’m not above plagiarism.

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      • January 1, 2021 at 5:48 pm

        You should watch it. It might make you better at plagiarism.

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      • January 1, 2021 at 6:15 pm

        It’s definitely an art I want to master this year so I will check it out

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  2. January 1, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Hint: flap your arms really, really fast.

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    • January 1, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Yep, that’s definitely going to be my strategy.

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  3. January 1, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    This flying lark – It’s all about the PWR I understand, although I think they’ve maybe left a couple of vowels out of the word. Good luck with it anyway!

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    • January 1, 2021 at 5:06 pm

      I was just going to rely on blind optimism. But luck will definitely help too

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  4. January 1, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Flying is easy. All you have to do is throw yourself at the ground and miss.

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    • January 1, 2021 at 5:06 pm

      Yeah, it’s not rocket science. Although a rudimentary understanding of rocket science couldn’t hurt on reflection.

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    • January 1, 2021 at 10:05 pm

      That’s how Arthur Dent learned.

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      • January 1, 2021 at 10:16 pm

        A role model if ever there was one

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      • January 2, 2021 at 5:30 am

        To be sure.


      • January 1, 2021 at 11:07 pm

        Indeed it was 😉

        Liked by 2 people

  5. January 1, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    1/ Belief, delusions, what’s in a word? 2/ Take the plunge. It’s a leap of faith. 3/ WARNING: Soaring self belief can have huge personal impact.

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