A new year has begun. Time to start fresh and determine how we want to do this year. We break out the pen and paper or device and begin to chart resolutions and goals. Maybe we want to be healthier, more financially stable, or more climate-conscious. Perhaps, we assess our relationships and determine that we want to reach out more often to family and friends or create new connections. Or maybe we want to get involved in our community, start a new hobby, or pursue an interest. Once we write down our resolutions, we begin to brainstorm ways of achieving them. We say to ourselves, “This year, I’m really going to…” But then something happens… we fail. There are several reasons why we don’t hit our resolution goals, but one of them might be something we’ve never considered. Grammatically speaking, the word “dedicated” and “dedicate” are two different parts of speech. Dedicated, in the adjective form, is when one has a single-minded loyalty and is exclusively committed to a task. Dedicate, in verb form, is the act of devoting time to a single task, purpose, or subject. When New Year’s resolutions fail, maybe it is because we are using the wrong part of speech. We get dedicated to the idea, to the vision, or the image of something, but we forget that it is only we take action and truly dedicate our time, energy, and emotions into something, that we succeed. Dedicate, the verb, is where the magic happens. Being dedicated matters.      

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