Identification vs. Resolution

Talk of New Year’s Resolutions has evolved to the point where it’s no more than fodder for all types of media to keep us cognizant of our flaws, make us eager to launch a campaign of improvements and assume responsibility for positive change. The morning shows like Today, are the best at taking the lead on this, as they’re able to attract the early riser eager beavers who can’t wait to sweat off a few pounds, begin the task of reading a new book per day and start spending more time with family.

Problem is — we all, to some extent, have a habit of confusing the identification of a problem or issue with its resolution. Of course, we feel better having identified what we want to be different for the better, but that is more than offset in February when we’re faced with the stark reality of our utter lack of progress in achieving it. My message to you (and me) is STOP IT AND START GETTING SERIOUS. I’ll be a little more verbose than TV psychologist Bob Newhart.

Identify not only what you want to change or accomplish, but also when, where and how. Then write it in your daily planner, or put it in your electronic gizmo of choice.

And remember… we’re all better off doing something imperfectly rather than merely perfecting our identification of it.

Examine this little essay. Think you can improve it? I’d bet you can, but I got it done.

Happy New Year!

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.

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