New Year’s Resolutions – 2008

Well, that’s the bad thing about having a public blog. You may be able to run away from last year’s resolutions. You may be able to escape the fact that you haven’t made one ounce of progress in those lofty goals you set last year. But I cannot…

It’s here again – The new year. I read my post from last year – it was in my not so humble opinion, well written, well said, and well ignored. Every year, no matter how hard I try to NOT create ‘new year’s resolutions’, I find myself wanting to start anew and lose weight, reduce debt, go back to school, read more, etc, etc, etc. Last year, I started talking about setting goals instead of making resolutions (not in my blog entry, but among my family). Maybe this year, I will create a constitution for myself and my family. I don’t know how to make this time any different than before, but as with every preceding effort, I want to believe this time will be different…. My prayer from last year still holds true today:

What must I do to be saved from ‘eating too much’? What must I do to be saved from ‘credit card debt’? What must I do to be saved from ‘realism’? What must I do to be saved from ‘my same old ways’? What will make this different from last year, last week, last night? Am I the only one asking these questions?

I’m still asking those questions. I still don’t have the answers.

3 replies on “New Year’s Resolutions – 2008”

You and I have talked about these things in the past and I don’t have an easy fix. I have made SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time based) goals this year and it is my plan to keep them in my sight and hopefully continually on my mind.

Cousin Dale, I wish you well this year utterly without regard to your achievement of resolutions new or old.

SMART goals, as suggested by your friend Jason, have been helpful to me in my professional life – especially when my employer incorporated them in our performance evaluations. Well, let’s not use that example since I was working at AOL at the time and we all know how that’s going.

Regarding the items you mention in your prayer (which I know is for Someone Else, and not necessarily for me, to understand) the notion of being saved from realism puzzles me. In my experience my most productive times have been when I have tackled tasks head on with what I have thought of as a realistic point of view. If you have a sufficient time I’d like to know to what you refer when you write of a realism from which you wish to be saved.

All of that being said, I look forward to reading more of your posts in the coming year and I pray that they will tell us of your little family enjoying a wonderful new year.

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