My Newfound Approach To Resolutions

Ah, resolutions. Give it up for those goal-worthy changes that looked great from afar, but lost its sheen down the road.

Hey gents!

I’m pretty sure you’ve seen various versions of said “how to keep your resolutions in check” post floating across the internet…something along the lines, at least.

Well i’m guilty of both: the reading and writing side. For the longest time I clutched this notion, believing resolutions were the golden ticket to life’s perfect progression.

Looking back, the idea sounded like a drowsy afterthought.

That silly, naive train of thought, believing a day’s worth of planning and mediating over a goal will magically transform me into a lean, vegan blogger overnight. You know what i’m talking about.

I mean, sure resolutions hold a significant amount of motivation and optimism; HOWEVER in all practicality, it’s not the thought that counts.

Resolutions are glorified goals that typically end with a dreamy vision, or an expiration date. (AKA they don’t last).

We obsess over a potential healthy streak, which is typically the problem. Most of them never come to fruition, or typically end their course within a span of 2-3 weeks.

It’s one thing to dream, and another to do. Dreaming only gets you a tease of what might come.

This year, I want to live life intentionally.

Ditching the novelties that keep me from achieving the necessary action at hand. No more journaling cute goals and buying supplemental products. I’ll simply get up and do things right when the thought strikes.

If there’s one practical advice I can give you, it’s this:

S t o p   D r e a m i n g  ( a l o t ) .


Don’t tell people.     Don’t post it.      Don’t have a plan B.     Don’t let your emotions get the best of you.     Don’t buy a pretty notebook to write it down.     Don’t look for the perfect moment.     Don’t focus on the aesthetic.     Don’t look for inspiration online.     Don’t plan it.


a n d  S t a r t   D o i n g .
Walk a mile.     Eat the oatmeal.     Schedule the spin class.     Go to spin class.     Go on dates.     Clean out the closet.     Get rid of the fake friends.     Cut the credit card.     Take that weekend trip.     Sleep at 9PM.     Go to church every Sunday.     Take out the laptop and write that blogpost.     Grab the cleanser and lather your face twice a day.     Ditch the wine.     
Don’t get me wrong. Dreaming is a beautiful thing, but society has blown the word into various proportions.

So many use every energy, imagining the end result and not leaving enough for the actual work that’s ahead. Consequently, the so-called “resolution” never come to fruition. Reality never seeped through the cracks of imagination.

Rather than executing excuses and plotting systematic plans, why not just tackle it now like a batch of bowling pins?
Whatever the goal, the only way to really get the ball rolling is to skip the pleasant path (all the fluffy nonsense), and get your hands dirty from the get-go. Dive head first, my friend.
I recently learned that sometimes the most rewarding moments in life are the non-calculated risks people take to reach success. Embracing uncertainty and experience the pain that goes with it.
That’s the only way we’ll grow. By simply doing, seasoned with passion.
So the next time you make a resolution, just skip the formality and cuteness of it all. No more excuses –DO IT.
all the brotherly love,


I'm Ian, the writer behind CharlesTucket (a mix between Charleston & Nantucket, two of my favorite places). My hope is to inspire every man to live a wholesome & whimsical life, one quirk at a time.


"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." | 1 Corinthians 16:13-14


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