About two years ago, I started using a specific method of making resolutions that my teacher introduced me to. All you need is a good rock and a marker. This method is supposed to help you stay true to your resolutions. Lists tend to make you overwhelmed and you probably won’t end up accomplishing all of your goals. With this strategy, you will have a higher chance of reaching your goal. This is all you have to do:

1. Pick one word that you want to go by for the year, such as risk, live, respect, try, etc.

2. Grab a flat rock.

3. Clean the rock so that it is easy to write on.

4. Take a marker and write your chosen word.

5. Put your rock somewhere that you will see it every day.

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Seeing the rock helps you think about what you can do for that day to accomplish your goal.

This method is really easy and simple. Anyone can do it, and it’s easy to go by. One word that represents your whole year. We did this as a class activity, and I think it really helped my whole class. My first year I did “risk,” and it really made me think about the things I was scared of, and then act on it. The second year I did “live” because I felt I needed to open up and live without worries. Next time you’re about to write a five-page essay about your New Year’s resolutions, try this. It’s quicker to make, fun, and more efficient then your normal list of resolutions.

Take a different route this year and try the rock resolution method.