General Statements for ’06

I don’t do the whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing. I think it’s just one more thing to make you feel guilty at the end of the year when you’re already mentally kicking yourself for the amount of Christmas cookies or pumpkin pie you’ve consumed. And who needs that? I know I don’t.

At the end of the year I want to look back and see the things I accomplished. Not the things I had wanted to do but failed–which is all that will happen if you make resolutions.

Person: “Hey great job winning the lottery and getting 10 million dollars this year!”
You: “Yeah, but I had resolved to clean out that coupon drawer and I never got around it. I feel like such a failure.”

So with that in mind, I am not making resolutions, so much as general statements of truth that I could make at any time of the year. I just happen to be making them now.

  • I lost a good amount of weight in 2005 and will continue to do so
  • I will start putting money into my savings account
  • I will try to curb my shyness

My nonspecificity is what separates my statements from the guilt-ridden resolutions, and therein lies my success. Tomorrow I could skip all three meals, put a dollar into savings and say hello to a stranger and I will have met my requirements for the year. I’m not saying that’s all I’d want to accomplish for an entire year, but when the rest of you are looking up your resolutions to see if you passed or failed, I can think back to these three statements and think, “Yeah, I must have done them at some point…”

Victory is mine!

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