I was reading some blog the other day mocking New Year's resolutions, and listing a bunch of common resolutions people make and tend not to bear through to fruition. I think that some people might not grok 'resolution', as in to be resolved. It is isn't a wish, or an ambition. To be resolved is to reach a firm determination on a matter. The word can also apply to something that is already finished, because this level of commitment makes completion a foregone conclusion.
It took me a while to get the hang of 'resolving'. I used to treat it like some kind of health and prosperity, positive thinking, the Secret shenanigans, not really bothering to even keep track. That changed when my downward spiral found me alone in the desert with an empty bottle of scotch and a loaded hand gun, failing come up with a compelling reason not to pair the set. I needed something more than a wish, or an ambition, to keep me here. I needed resolve.