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Dedication to a New Year

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 4:39 PM



Nuances of an Annual Ritual

Which brings us to each year’s communal celebration of the passing of our lifetimes:

New Year’s Eve

So what did you “actually get done” in the past year? How closer are you to a grand goal in life? An assessment is made and then the inevitable Step 2 of the yearly process is engaged, which is often a word for word repeat of last year’s Step 2:

The New Year’s Resolution

There seem to be two main strategies that emerge at this point of facing the New Year, a “brand new morning.”  The lone wolf quietly acknowledges goals not yet reached, and is even more secretive in the “new plan.”  “I’ll show them,” becomes the new private mantra.  It works for some people, but my experience has been that I’m splurging on Star Wars memorabilia by Valentine’s Day.

I’ve found that rather than making secret contracts with myself, a much higher success rate is always achieved as a combination of two other elements.

Pablo Picasso

To a truly worthy vision, maybe even one that cannot be achieved in a year, but in a lifetime, is just the sort of quest that engages the starving soul so much more than the common shaving a few digits off of the weight scale. (I personally implemented the "no cookie left behind" program this holiday season so I might want to think about that one too.) But the truth is, New Year’s comes but once a year. It would seem better to me to go big or not at all. Pick projects of real importance in your life – ones that require the more personal attention and dedication to the better.

Should not be a dirty word in the strategies of personal achievement. It has been my experience that the more genuinely useful support I’ve received from the like-minded (as well as the merely curious) has always gone a long way to keeping my Big Picture from faltering. When the potholes in the road forward begin to resemble archeological digs, as it seems they usually do, there’s nothing more heartening in being able to take it all in stride than a word of admiration, advice or encouragement from a fellow dA community member.

In his book "Outliers" Malcolm Gladwell outlines the 10,000-Hour Rule, the thought being that spending ten thousand hours practicing a particular discipline is necessary for mastery of that skill. He also brings up the importance of support in the from family, friends, and mentors in the ultimates success of an individual. No one achieves the highest summit's of success alone. No one. Even the most unique vision requires the nurture of human camaraderie if it is to be developed to it's fullest potential and efficacy.

I find myself thinking about recent achievements as well as a grand vision currently in formation here at deviantART, and how much the atmosphere of this community – how much dedication to art and artists, and how much they are supported and support each other – and I can’t wait to see where life will take all of us in this new year.  A tough statement to put out there, considering the unbearable horrors that have recently rained down in our world from weather catastrophes, classroom atrocities, civil wars and the violence related to a radically altered political landscape around the world.  But it’s true.  I am still hopeful.  I am still ready to rededicate my dreams on New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure I’d be making that statement were I not now ensconced and engaged in the deviantART community.  But as Kurt Vonnegut used to say, “So it goes.”

























For the Reader


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?


Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?


What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?


What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?


Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?


Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?


More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?

New Year's resolutions are often secret and private -- a contract made with yourself. But what if you could increase the chance of your resolution becoming a success by incorporating a combination of two other important elements: discipline and success.
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SkyRifter Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kikimorra Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Hospitals usually work emergency-only. Meaning, if you have a planned operation, you'll wait until after the holidays.

Yeah, I agree, classic holiday-related stuff should be there, I'm just saying it's funny that there is very little to do except watch it 8)) As for themed channels, here not so many people have them yet. They're just catching on in major cities, and they have to be a conscious choice, they don't come by default. So, yeah, 'New Year Night' with a dead actress every time 8)) [link]
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting! Hospitals would be exempt, or is that pot luck (chance) that it is open too?

Some things like that are not bad "the same set of NY-related old Soviet films to show every year"
I used to roll my eyes at such things shown like clockwork, here in the states at xmas and new years, but then, recently, in the last 10 years or so, they have had "new classics" on. "Chainsaw Massacre" and other "holiday" related themed shows. (heavy sarcasm there if you didn't notice).
Now I find I long for the quaint mind-numbing classics of yesterday...

...I'm not opposed to some theme channels that run their standard stuff. For example; Crime and Mystery channels should normally have their standard fair on, but "standard channels" should run holiday themed stuff, but don't. :no: :shrug:
Kikimorra Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Well, food shops usually start working on the 2nd, as for everything else - you have to check on the web or by phone whether it's working or not. It might, but you might as well run into a closed door. Banks usually have some odd days like 3rd and 7th when they are open for 3 hours. No governmental institutions work, including (funny, innit?) the post. Which means, if your present hasn't made it before NY, it'll be totally stuck for 10 days 8))) Restaurants differ, but usually those serving foreign cusine would work. Otherwise you are supposed to Meet Family (you know what I mean ;), Eat and Drink at home. Oh yeah, and watch TV which has the same set of NY-related old Soviet films to show every year 8)))
quantumcrash666 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
The picture of the buildings and mountains remind me of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Carnival Night Zone lol :P
DavidRosario Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Photographer
My resolution: To obliterate any clean slate or facsimile there of so as to properly resume the business of actual living! :headbang:
MrCoolDD Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am so not in a resolution-making mood as of now.
Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's in the "DVD extras" section. It's one of the red or yellow toggles on the side of the screen. Sorry I can't be exact, I don't have the DVD anymore (broke). use the select button or what have you, on the remote control, and it should highlight. click it and sit back and enjoy :XD:
MadesenTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student
Yeah x3
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't, maybe I missed it :XD:
I'll have to see if I can find it.
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