Resolutions suck. Try anarchy.

Back when I was active in an online weightlifting forum, we used to talk about how this time of year always heralded the arrival of a certain unusual species of animal. We called these odd, abundant creatures “resolutionists.”

Every year at the beginning of January, resolutionists would descend upon each of our gyms by the hundreds, bright-eyed and determined to make a big change in their lives. We could see the focus in their eyes. The big gut? This year, it was going away and would never return. The high blood pressure, the type 2 diabetes? They were going to be kicked unapologetically to the curb. Women were determined to fit into swimsuits or skinny jeans. Men were determined to create giant arms and washboard abs. The resolutionists were focused. They came with their game faces on, with their fists up to do battle. They were ready.

And so each January, as the new year dawned, weight rooms that used to be quiet suddenly teemed with these fierce, determined faces. Suddenly, every bench was taken. Every treadmill and elliptical was in use. (And, predictably, some jackass was always using the squat rack to do biceps curls.)

But, mid-way through every February, the newly crowded gyms would begin to return to normal. Slowly, the new crowds would disappear, and things would return to how they had been in December. Slower, quieter… and peopled by the old faces, give or take a few.

That’s a statement about New Year’s resolutions, and it’s also a statement about the frailty of human commitment. So far, so good. Look around the blogosphere over the past few days and you’ll find a bunch of posts that go down those avenues, teaching those lessons.

But what’s more interesting to me is that it’s also a statement about homeostasis, about inertia, and maybe about entropy. Which is to say: Everything tends to always re-equilibrate right back where it started, slotting neatly into its established niche within the system. Things tend to a default path of least resistance, always traveling toward lack of control and disorder unless order is forcibly imposed upon them.

Or maybe it’s the other way around.

There’s another way to look at entropy in the metaphorical sense. Maybe unless a bit of chaos is introduced into the system, things always tend toward order. Toward clockwork. Toward a machine that ticks mindlessly and effortlessly along until time runs out.

So let’s get disorderly.

The Matrix has you.

Look, I realize this blog is kind of all over the place. It’s kind of about business. It’s kind of about entrepreneurship. It’s kind of about punk rock, nonconformity, and some foofy self-help-type things. I like to joke that it’s all over the place — and hence, that I’m all over the place as well — but this is one case where I’m kind of busting my own balls a little. I do actually know what I’m about, and it’s reflected in the fact that I absolutely detest the annual resolutionist phenomenon. I understand it. I sympathize with it, and with every person who wants to make a change. But the whole thing makes me annoyed, angry, frustrated. If there’s one thing I’d really like people to see me as standing for, it’s standing against the habits that underlie the cycle of resolution and resigned apathy.

I like the idea of being a shaker-upper. A questioner.

Let’s look at resolutions. A typical new year’s resolution says, “I’d like to lose ten pounds.” So you force yourself to exercise. You force yourself to eat better. So far, so good. To use a metaphor, you have a car that’s stuck in a rut that you’ve dug by spinning your wheels, and you’re applying some force to try to push yourself out of it.

But why?

Is there anything wrong with the rut? Are you sure? What’s wrong with it?

The land beyond the rut, where you’re trying to push the car… is that really where you want to be? Why? What’s so great about it?

Is the price (the force you’re going to need to apply) worth the reward (the benefits of the new destination)?

What will you lose by leaving the rut? Because, you know, you will lose something. So: are you cool with that?

Most people start pushing without knowing where they are, where they want to be, or why they want to move. They think, “I want to be skinnier.” Then they push, and soon something dawns on them, deep down: I like that rut. In the rut, I’m full and I don’t have to work hard. In the rut, I can watch more TV or tend to my stamp collection. In the rut, I get to quell my emotions with comfort food.

So they quit, because they just followed rote. Something said, “Skinnier is better” and so that’s all they ever considered. They thought they were breaking out of a pattern of control, but they were just following a different predictable path — a path that said, “try to change for this random reason, then fail.” It’s like in second Matrix movie, where Neo learns that his status as “The One” — supposedly an element of chaos that would bring down the system — was just another measure of control within the system.

What I hope this blog is about (as I do some introspection on the dawn of a new year) is mindfulness about choices. Consciousness. Awareness. Do whatever the hell you want, but know what it is that you’re doing and why you’re doing it — and do it through the force of your own volition instead of by default.

Take responsibility for where you end up. Blame nobody and nothing for any negatives that situation may bring with it.

In other words, it’s fine to stay in your rut. That’s as valid of a choice as moving out of it. What’s important is that you know where you are and why you’re there, and that you’re choosing to be there.

But what if you want to change? Well, then let’s not talk about bullshit resolutions. Resolutions are old hat. Bogus. Ephemeral.

Let’s talk about fucking up the system.

Anarchize yourself

When you want to make a change, you have to shake things up. You have to knock yourself out of that rut so that you can decide if you’d like to move or settle back into it. You need a little bit of anarchy… and nothing is better at creating personal anarchy than awareness.

Stuck at a job you hate? Well, what are your options? You can stay at the job, get another job, strike out on your own, or move to Nepal and live under a blanket or something. What are the pros and cons of each? Be objective. Your job isn’t all bad. There is some good stuff, so see it. One question to consider will be whether you like having a paycheck more than you dislike your boss. And if you want to leave? Don’t look through rose-colored glasses. Quitting to do your own thing is a good option for some people, but be sure you see it for what it is. It’s tough, and it’s uncertain. I love it, but not everyone would. Question the assumption that “questioning the rules” by going solo is the right choice, too.

Want to quit smoking? Well, what’s your level of physical dependency on cigarettes? What emotional or habitual need do they fill for you? Because believe me, they’re doing something good for you. The question is whether you see where the cigarette path will take you versus where the non-cigarette path will take you, and if so, which you like better.

Want to get up earlier? Be more focused? Spend more time with your kids? Visit Sicily? Ask where you are, where you need to be to do those things, and if you’re okay with the trade. Then make a choice and for the love of God just do the damn thing with full knowledge of what might happen, and without apology.

Do enough introspection like this and you’ll get anarchy a-plenty.

I think of this like running a train on rails: You were on one path, and enough questions and questioning will lift the train off its track. You’ve got to put it back down onto one of the tracks below you, but at least now you’re free to put it onto any one of them.

Why the hell am I blathering on and on about this?

Fair question. I see it like this:

Moving in fifty directions at once only works for so long. I, like anyone, need to have a center — a singular, core purpose that drives everything that I do. And if you’re going to come along for this ride with me, you need to have a way to frame my various species of crazy shit, too.

For one, I’m a guy who’s in business. I’m going to have some stuff for sale this year. I want some of you — those of you who it’s right for — to buy it. (I don’t like it when the wrong people buy my wrong stuff and get pissed off. I also don’t like it when the right people can’t get off of their default track.)

I’m a coach and I have some big stuff brewing, so I’d like y’all to know what it is that I’m about… concretely, for once. So, you know… so that you’ll have an idea what I help people to do.

But I’m also doing some stuff this year that has nothing to do with business. If you’re a reader but have never been a customer, we still have a nice reciprocal relationship. I give you thoughts, and many of you tell me that those thoughts helped you out in some way. Or you go out there and pay it forward, making things better in your own small corner of the world. I want more of that. I want more people questioning. Living consciously. Making decisions by volition, not rote. So to do that, you’ve gotta know what this blog is about, too.

I’d like you to look for the common threads in your life. I can write about Dean Koontz, faith, tattoos, blog setups, and anarchy and somehow tie them all together because it’s all ultimately about living by choice. You’ve got something like that, too. What is it?

I want you to consider: What do you currently think you cannot do? And are you really, honestly sure you can’t do it? Because in just a few weeks, The Badass Project is going to go live. We have a sweet new site from Men With Pens that’s almost ready, and we have interviews lined up with people who you’d think should be able to do nothing if in fact you are actually unable to complete your novel because you fucking “don’t have enough time.”

A champion wrestler with no limbs.

An artist in a wheelchair.

A prolific music composer who can really only move his eyes.

Why am I doing the Badass Project? The whole notion of me spearheading a nonprofit venture around astonishing people that the world expects little from didn’t used to make sense, but now the answer should be obvious: I’m doing it because the Badasses’ stories introduce uncertainty and personal anarchy into the lives of people who truly listen to their messages. Didn’t think you could do that thing? Well, maybe you actually can.

See? It all fits.

Pretty soon here, I’ll tell you about my own new year’s resolution. I think it’s pretty interesting and fun, and I hope it’ll make you consider asking some more crazy, chaotic questions of your own. The more you step into uncertainty and anarchical decisions, the easier it gets. I speak from experience.

Happy New Year, everyone.


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Comments

  1. Thor says:

    Oh yes buddy! On fire you sure are. I’m loving this. Anarchy it Is for me. Loved this JT.
    Thor.

  2. Momekh says:

    Thaaaat’s it.
    chaotic symmetry, the 80/20 distribution, the-way-the-world-works, whatever you want to call it… question authority not because it is fashionable, but because you want to know shit and do things – do em better, faster because you want a life worth living, and worth dying for. You want to live fuckryanoutloud! One life, live!
    Nicely said, Johnny. Like I said, thaaat’s it.
    I havemyself decided to my neck on the line this year… necks and happiness have a direct correlation I am sure.

  3. Tommy Walker says:

    Truly inspirational Johnny. Too many people try to take “steps” towards goals, but the problem with steps is that you can go up and in many cases fall down. Not too many people are concerned with natural growth. A tree doesn’t follow guidelines to grow, it just does. And because of that it can be a giant towering motherfucker because it damned well feels like it.

    Oh and consider this article shared.

  4. You rock Johnny, you speak my language!

  5. Janine Moon says:

    You are oh-so-right; great post, thanks!

  6. Michelle says:

    F’n a, Johnny! I love this post. I recently found my own thread that ties all the things I like to write about together, and it made me really happy and excited and inspired to FINALLY figure it out. Can’t wait to see what you cook up in 2011!

  7. Hi Johnny,

    Happy new year! Sounds like you’re hitting the ground running in 2011.

    Some questions there have got me thinking – how can I achieve my goal? It would be great to earn enough money being self-employed, but I’m not there yet, so my resolution is to make that happen.

    Just need to work out how… not very anarchistic but I’m working through it.

    I have my website, I’m networking my keyboard off, blogging, and I’m writing some great free ebooks and white papers to give away – watch this space.

    I’ll pop back next year from Barbados and let you know how I’m doing ;o)

    Look forward to seeing what your new projects bring up, Lucy

  8. Couldn’t agree with your more Johnny! If there isn’t a strong “why” driving your goal, you’re going to fail. You need a helluva reason to work towards a goal, and if it isn’t compelling enough, or you don’t want it bad enough, not gonna happen. Great way to start off the New Year! Thanks :)

  9. Could be the word you’re looking for is “shit-disturber.”

    Preach it, mah brutha.

  10. Hi Jonny – as usual a thought provoking, no BS post. Funny how truth comes at you from an unexpected direction & smacks you between the eyes – you continue to smack the crap out of my desire for homeostasis and feed my ned for more entrophy!!
    Thanks – and from me & mine to you & yours – a safe, prosperous and happy New Year!

  11. Dorothy Ray says:

    I write next to no fan letters, but here’s one.
    Yes, I like this voice you’ve shown us. Have caught glimpses of it and wondered if I was right about it being the real you. Maybe not, we’re all several people fighting to rule or at least be heard and understood. Anyway, thankyou for this blog. I’m not only impressed now with your sense of humor, I’m impressed with a little more. Can’t wait to see more about the folks who shoulldn’t be winning but are.

    This is a line I love. I wonder how you got so wise so quick? “Things tend to a default path of least resistance, always traveling toward lack of control and disorder unless order is forcibly imposed upon them.”

  12. Erica says:

    There really isn’t anything a little chaos can’t cure. And sometimes you need the chaos before you can see the real patterns emerge, including the one that has you stuck in the rut in the first place. Crazy is fun, but finding your center is amazing. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  13. Karilee says:

    Well, there’s “catalyst”, but I think Michael’s term is a better fit for you, Johnny. It’s great to see you discovering and sharing your core “why”, if only because I’ve been doing so much work on mine lately.

    Mine is really similar to yours, which I think is why your writing has always resonated with me. Mine’s a bit more about removing externally-imposed limits/boundaries as you learn to choose, but we’re close neighbors in our Whys.

  14. I think where most resolutions fail is that people pick goals. What they should pick is new habits. Instead of, “I want to lose 20 pounds,” it should be, “I will work out for 30 minutes three days a week … forever.”

    A resolution can’t be something you expect to complete and then not have to do it any more. Change your life or don’t.

  15. My resolution is to gain 20 pounds, start drinking heavily and start smoking – not one or two cigarettes but a whole pack a day….
    Do you think I can maintain this goal…..????? LOL
    Great post my friend,
    Nancy

  16. Adam says:

    Awesome post and really valuable advice… The New Year brings the feeling of a fresh start, a clean slate, but as you say it’s important to be aware of the motivations that drive it… good stuff for me to keep in mind as I pound out my new path for the year… thank you!

  17. Scott says:

    Great post Johnny, probably the best New Years post I’ve read. I use to despise the resolutionists (yes there was a dude doing curls on the squat rack at my gym today!), however I realized that most people either don’t want change bad enough or don’t have the right strategies to make it last. I love the anarchy theory…. shaking shit up for me seems to be the only thing that really works and it’s during those times of conscious upheveal that I feel most alive and powerful.
    Kudos on the Badass Project. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us this year.

  18. Zelda says:

    Great post JT. My resolution this year is …. drum roll…. to be as anarchic as often as possible :) And like Nancy I want to put on loads of weight, quit my job and live on thin air, spend no time with the kids and live under a blanket in Nepal (Thanks for the idea JT)

  19. Brett Henley says:

    Fan-fuckin-tastic Johnny.

    Resolutions and goals and blah. blah. blah.

    Not trying to minimize or dilute people’s efforts to seek a higher purpose, but I’ve found that the inevitable plateau and eventual walls you run into when you set plans without clear action and purpose/understanding … well you know the rest.

    I’m guilty as charged.

    Trying something a bit different = Aiming for simplicity.

    Purpose is my defacto for this year and beyond. Every month, week, day. What could we accomplish if we approached everything as one?

    One day, one action, one hour, one minute, etc.

    Rather than setting lofty expectations down the line for some convergence of time, space and reduced body fat, why not just wake every day and do something epic?

    I wish everyone nothing but the best of luck in trying to change their world each and every day. I only assume that if we could all focus on one “thing,” that the rest of the world would evolve as a result.

    I’m giving it a shot, well aware that I’m just as lousy as the next person at focusing on the now vs. the ever-shifting if that may never arrive.

    Onward regardless.

  20. Jennyh says:

    Great blog, JT. Just want to add something else that I think most people tend to ignore. When you make a decision that affects other people in your life – as most of the big ones do unless you live on a desert island – realize that you are totally free to make it, but also that there will be consequences. Other people can’t stop you from doing what you want to do – but equally, you can’t dictate their responses. Sometimes you have to take it on the chin and accept that moving to Nepal to live under a blanket may mean your divorce. That may not be a reason to stay where you are, but it’s something to take into account before you buy that blanket.

  21. Ayup.

    I’m about to start a huge blog series on “How Not to Change Your Life”, and I’ll be hitting some of these very points. Because, as you say, the main point is having awareness so you can make a choice about how you live. As a mentor of mine used to say, “Any dead dog can drift with the current.”

    Thanks.

  22. Amy says:

    Very nice JT! I’m absolutely certain that this year is going to be AWESOME! Ready to roll- no resolutions required. Why wait for a new year?!

  23. I agree that too many people make resolutions for the simple wrong reason, that everyone is supposed to. That begs the question, if everyone jumped off a cliff without a parachute, would you follow? I love the idea of “shaking things up” but don’t think that it should be limited to the new year. If people regularly and purposefully pushed themselves out of their comfort zone, then initiating and sticking to a change in direction wouldn’t be novel or undirected. Make a plan to move, and move. If you end up someplace you don’t want to be, at least you tried and learned something valuable from the experience. :)

  24. Lara says:

    I’m reading this at stupid oclock in the morning whilst worrying that the online business I am starting, is too much. I am 19 and still at uni and have a part time job but the site is about books, mostly fiction but something I feel passionate about. I loved your post but also think just the power of telling other people, getting others to help or even be aware of what you do can motivate in change.
    I emailed the owner of a similar site to mine which was dead and the response was really helpful and reminded me that giving up is easy (and for chumps) .
    So long live Anarchy and Revolution.

  25. Lara says:

    wow my comment time travelled.. its 5am here in cloudy London in case that comment made no sense

  26. Johnny says:

    To anyone I don’t specifically mention: Right on, you rock! Glad you did the anarchical way of change.

    @Tommy – Exactly, but I think the key is that the tree also isn’t hamstrung by expectations about which way of doing things is better or more comfortable. It just IS.

    @Lucy – I’d just add to your thoughts the fact that things may take a path you can’t anticipate. We tend to want something and want it NOW, but the direct route doesn’t give us all of the varied lessons that are to be learned along the way. Sometimes it feels like the line between “success” and “failure” is a perceptual one that we just kind of made up.

    @Dorothy – Thanks! And that’s just my scientific background peeking out. I can’t take credit for being clever; entropy by definition is the unwinding of ordered systems into chaos and randomness. I just got a little creative with its application. :)

  27. Johnny says:

    @Karilee – Right on. Choice is the key to this whole thing, and people often simply don’t know they have an option. EX: “A person must live in a house, have a job, and pay his/her bills.” Really? That’s not true. It’s a choice.

    @Drew – Agreed in principle, but the idea of working out 30 minutes a day forever is enough to make most non-exercisers tie a plastic bag around their heads and lay down to die. I’d rather look at it in terms of who you’d become. What is that person like? Because if you get that clear enough, the benefits and positive motivation will be right there… AND it’ll be obvious that that person works out 30 minutes every day, simply as part of who they are.

    @Nancy – Well, I’ll bet you’ll have fun pursuing your goal!

    @Scott – I’m just glad someone got my squat rack joke. Only a gym rat would appreciate that.

  28. Johnny says:

    @Jennyh – Yep, all part of considering the pros and cons of your options. I do a lot of crazy-ish stuff, but it’d be a deal-breaker on any of them if my family couldn’t take it. For instance: My brother hiked the Appalachian trail during a break in college, and recently I thought about that and it seemed appealing. I’d like to do it. But it takes months and months. My wife and kids wouldn’t dig my doing that, and I wouldn’t dig being away from them for that long even if they did. So for now, I’m choosing not to do it even though I’d like to. But someday maybe we can all do it together.

    @Dr. Shannon – Right, exactly. I didn’t state it explicitly but one of the things I’m intending here is that what I’m calling “personal anarchy” is a constant process of evaluating and choosing, rather than a once-per-year, oh-shit-I-got-fat-when-I-wasn’t-paying-attention sort of overreactive gesture. I think the ideal scenario involves constant vigilance, constant evaluation about where we’re going and if we like the direction.

    @Lara – Just remember, nothing wrong with giving up either if you’re doing it with full awareness that it’s a choice to take the path that suits you best. So do it or not… just know why, and what it’ll give you.

  29. I read this post yesterday and I have to admit that when I was reading it, I was reminded of Jerry Maguire’s Manifesto. http://www.thisisawar.com/PurposeJerry.htm There was a part of me that wanted to dismiss what Johnny was saying because it wasn’t exactly polished or even the most coherent thing that I’ve read recently. Then I realized how stupid that was…the VERY reason that I love Johnny is that he’s irreverent and out there and authentic. Now I’m writing my own rambling manifesto on authenticity.

    One of my favorite lines from Almost Famous (like Jerry Maguire, another Cameron Crowe movie) is when Kate Hudosn says: “Isn’t it funny, the truth, it just sounds different.” I love Cameron Crowe movies because they’re all so different and I think it takes some balls to make different, unique stuff rather than cranking out formulaic sameness. Have you seen Vanilla Sky? I always wonder if Crowe said: Hmmm…let me make a movie that’s a psychotic nightmare. I’ve been scared of Cameron Diaz ever since! If you’ve got some “formula” that “works” you’re probably boring. Sameness is boring, safe is boring! Johnny is never boring the same way that Seth Godin is never boring.

    This led me to start thinking about what authenticity actually is. There are a lot of coaches out there talking about authenticity, life passion and purpose. Here’s what I say to that: A) If you’re still working at your safe corporate job and have no plans to leave it then shut up! B) If you’re not making any money at what you’re doing or have a plan to systematize your business to make money, shut up! Or, to sum it up C) If you’re not doing whatever it takes to create your own ideal life, then shut up! I’m tired of it, you’re not inspiring, you’re draining and NO, I don’t want your newsletter!

    Being authentic is being raw and honest…letting people see you fall on your face, scared or whatever. One of my friends @peggymccoll tells a story about when she wrote and published her first book. She made the assumption a lot of people make, that her book would make her an over-night success. Instead, she found herself crying on her kitchen floor, a desperate single mom not holding life together that well. Now she’s a 7 time best-selling author and teaches other people how to do that. That’s what I’m talking about! Raw-ness. She could easily gloss over the low points of her life, but she doesn’t because those low points help lift up other people.

    My Dad died when he was 53 of an industrial caused cancer from having worked in a plastic factory in his early 20’s. He grew up in poverty, worked from age 8, selling produce from a produce truck and in various other factories the rest of his life; waiting for retirement. It never happened! It was a myth that he unfortunately bought into! Wait to live until retirement? The only time that we ever have is right now. Live now…do it now! I am 52 and the thought of next year being my last in life is awful! I have so much more life to live and so much to share with the world. I’m out there, I’m doing it, there’s no safety net! When people ask me snarky stuff like: “What would you be doing if you weren’t afraid or had an unlimited amount of money? I say, I’m doing it! I am afraid a lot of the time but I’m working through it and becoming the most authentic version of myself.

    Since I’ve been living my life this way, things have gotten better and better and I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. There’s a message in that for me and you. Comfort is over-rated.

    When I found out my father was dying I was about 20 years old. I remember my Mom calling me and saying: “Daddy’s very sick.” I just had to ask out loud: “Is he going to die?” and she simply said “Yes.” (I’m crying as I type this.) I had just moved from NJ to CA and spent hours in my apartment alone, lonely and crying for days on end. I was on my kitchen floor all crumpled up, sobbing and all of a sudden I felt this huge wave of relief come over me. I looked up thinking that I was going to see something. There was nothing but something palpable had changed. Call it God, call it Spirit, call it imagination call it whatever you like. I got up, took a deep breath and obviously remembered it my entire life. Ever since then, when bad stuff or big challenges have happened, I’ve found relief knowing that somehow, everything would be okay.

    I’m not saying to quit your job or abandon what you’ve built your life infrastructure around for years, that’s probably irresponsible. But definitely take a hard look at what you want and don’t want and make some kind of plan or strategy. I’m with Johnny, don’t make some stupid “resolution” that you’re not going to keep and then do the same thing next year. That’s not going to get you anywhere!

    This may not be the most fun New Year’s post that you’ve read but maybe you’ll remember it, or be inspired to change and that will be worth it to me…worth the time it took to write it. So Happy, authentic 2011! “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” Goethe

  30. “I see life as being a series of leaving the old you behind and becoming a new you,then looking back at the old you and taking all of the lessons that you learned
    but using them in a new way.”

    “Comfort” is a bastard. It likes to sweet talk you with it’s silver tongue. It likes to promise you a life of ease.

    But “Comfort” is actually the prison guard that keeps you from sharing your unique gift with the world which would help you feel maximum pride, courageousness and peace of mind. Any feelings “Comfort” can promise you, pale in comparison to those.

    And the only way we get to experience the feelings of being a hero are when we face down adversity and push through it and come out the other side transformed into a bigger, better, faster, stronger, smarter, sexier, bad ass version of ourselves.

    So I applaud you Johnny for being a force for good, rallying people against “Comfort” and it’s lethargic, pitiful, fearful death grip that it has on so many people. Keep up the good fight!

    I’m pleased to know that in a world of “Comfort”, there is this sanctuary of the bold I can visit that serves as reminder of how I want to conduct myself!

  31. I really liked what Note Taking Nerd #2 had to say….I’m totally with his ideas of comfort and what it does to us….get out of that comfort zone and truly live….!

  32. Johnny says:

    @Maryellen – That was the longest comment I’ve ever seen! Thank you for it and for sharing. Some great stuff in there.

    But what I find most interesting is that both you and Note Taking Nerd talked about comfort. It reminds me of a quote Tony Robbins used in one of his programs somewhere: “The quality of your life is directly proportional to the amount of uncertainty that you can comfortably handle.” I know “comfort” is in the wrong place there (when I remembered the quote, I thought it was “… the amount of discomfort…”, but they’re pretty synonymous. If you can handle discomfort and uncertainty, that’s the fertile ground of freedom. Amen.

  33. I love it! I myself started a Anti-New Years Resolution Movement, which was based on my hate for “typical” new years resolutions.

    I really appreciate your insight about WHY people slip back into the way they were – rather than figuring that out from the begginning. I tried to get people to tie their goals to their overral life goals, which may have somewhat of a similar effect.

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