I believe resolutions are symbolic of both winning and losing, and how an individual deals with both. I picture Sisyphus pushing the boulder uphill again and again. Resolutions are challengers, something internally important to an individual, that we are driven to achieve. Resolutions help us stretch, expand, and grow. Some resolutions may fail, and the boulder rolls back down the hill. But resolutions give us goals and purpose. As long as the fear of failure doesn’t get in the way, resolutions bring out the best in people. Resolutions are dreams based in reality, and which we should never stop trying to achieve.
— Lockyear is an attorney specializing in real estate and corporate and estate work at the Evansville location of law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.
While we normally associate resolutions with New Year’s Day, a resolution can be made at any time. Whenever we make decisions to do or not do something, that is a resolution. The catalyst for most resolutions is usually an extremely positive or negative result. When a student or athlete experiences a negative result, they will often resolve to change their behavior in the classroom or pool to make the result better. Likewise, they will often resolve to do even better when they get a positive result. When a resolution is made, that’s when the real work begins. I love to see someone make a decision and then follow the necessary steps to make it happen. In those situations, it is the process that has a bigger effect on the person than the outcome.
— Chapman is a special education teacher and boys’ swimming and diving head coach at Boonville High School and the head coach of the Boonville Dolphins swim team.