Every year, right around this time, people set their minds to the changes they would like to make for the future. They call them “resolutions.”

A “resolution” is a noun; the relevant definition is “the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.” (thanks to the nice people at dictionary.com for that.)

So, a New Years Resolution, then, is choosing a course of action to effect change. Pick something about yourself that you’d like to change, and “resolve” to change it. Countless people follow this tradition each and every year – they resolve to quit smoking, they resolve to lose weight, they resolve to be more caring to their spouse or other loved ones. They resolve to make more money, they resolve to get out of debt, they resolve to improve their lives in some way.

Within days, however, these “resolutions” usually fall by the wayside – the mind creates rationalizations, excuses, or reasons to stop following through on the “resolute” chosen course of action. Those good intentions have paved the way to – well, you know where.

This year, why not try something a little different? Instead of a resolution – create a Revolution. Identify the things you’d like to change about yourself. Identify the behaviours that you don’t want to continue. Identify the ways you would like to act – or react – in a different way. Then, plot your course, decide how you’re going to allow those positive changes to become a part of your life, and pivot from the way you used to be. Find the benefits to the changes you wish to make, and concentrate on those. Figure out who you’d like to become – and then become that. Aim yourself in your new direction, and continue forth in the knowledge that you are becoming the ultimate you – the person you want to be. Change who you were by becoming who you want to be, and rest assured that each little baby step you take in your new direction will carry you towards the ultimate you.

Change doesn’t have to be painful. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. It doesn’t have to be a battle or a struggle or a fight. Instead of creating an inventory of what you would like to change about yourself, why not approach it another way? Use this opportunity to really change your life. Create a personal Revolution. Be resolute in your resolve, but aim it in a positive direction. Point yourself in the direction that will carry you to where you want to be.

So, this New Years, don’t resolve. Revolve.