Know what I dread about this time of year?
Could it be the hordes of shoppers, traffic, and credit card bills? Could it be the huge lines at the return counter the day after Christmas? Well, what about that lousy fruitcake I got from Gary (who’s incidentally not getting a raise this year)?
Answer - none of the above.
Nope what really chaps my merry ass is the incessant question everyone seems to ask, “Hey Steve, what’s your New Year’s resolution?”
Of course, before I answer, the questioner typically enlightens me by continuing, “Personally, I’m going to lose 50 lbs, run a marathon, earn $500,000 dollars selling T-shirts with funny slogans, get a new car, go to Disney World, wash the cat, break the world record for spit-ball distance blowing, run for president, end world hunger, and finally talk to the doctor about that embarrassing itch.”
So, with an air of smug superiority that can only come from a person who has just set a bunch of goals but hasn’t lifted a finger to start a single one, they challenge, “So, what are YOU gonna do? huh? huh?”
I tell them, “Simple – I’m keeping the resolution I set years ago never to make another resolution.”
This is usually greeting by a perplexed look, followed shortly by an eye roll, then finished off with the word “slacker” muttered under their breath as they walk away.
And the truth is, next year at this time, I’m probably the only guy left standing that’s actually accomplished what he set out to do on the first of January.
Why no resolution for me? I look at it this way – If a goal is important enough to warrant my time, energy, and enthusiasm, it’s important enough to start it when it occurs to me that it might be a good idea. On the other hand, if there’s a goal I can put off to an arbitrary date on a calendar before I start working towards its achievement, then it’s probably not all that important after all.
I think that’s why the vast majority of New Year’s resolutions fail, sometimes epically. The goals people set tend to be more of a feel-good wish list than something they are actually willing to put the effort into accomplishing. That, and since everyone else is doing it, they figure they probably should too.
To me, a real goal has to be something I TRULY want to achieve – deep down. Not just something I felt compelled to do simply because the calendar rolled over to another year and the rest of the gang is playing along.
So, join me this year and make your final New Year’s Resolution – never to make another one. From now on, when you want to accomplish something in your life, just start doing it – regardless of the date. Works for me
Happy New Year,
PS – Agree? Disagree? Think I should be committed? Post your comments below!
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