In this work, aims cover distances. I am here and wish to move there – here and there being psychological locations. It is within our power to change considerably, it is only a matter of effort and time. Therefore, aims are measured in time: I am here now and wish to move there later – now and later spanning anywhere from seconds to years. Because of this intimate relation of aims to time, and because a new calendar-year clicks the clock of time tangibly, it is customary to set aims for the New Year, or “New Year’s Resolutions.”
I am here at the end of 2015 and wish to be there by the end of 2016.
This is a good opportunity to consider what in us it is time to change. In a year’s time, would I like to be less irritable? Would I like to be more on time? Would I like to be less sarcastic? Would I like to be more attentive to the people around me? These large-scale aims cannot be accomplished in a day, and yet can only be accomplished through daily efforts. If I make daily efforts to avoid expressing irritation, to be on time, to resist sarcasm, or to be attentive – throughout the coming 365 days – then by the end of 2016, I will have achieved my large-scale aim, or at least, I will have come much closer to it. Therefore, to set a New Year’s Resolution in this work, we must consider what in us it is time to change, and then consider how to break that change down into daily efforts. To quote Aristotle, “All man’s well-being depends upon two things: One is the right choice of aim, of the end to which actions should tend, the other lies in the finding of the actions that lead to that end.”
What is your large-scale aim for 2016, and which daily efforts do you plan to make to achieve it?