…are meant to be broken. Why? Because most of us aim too high or feel obligated to decide on a life style change because the calendar says so. Like this author mentions, I am of the strong opinion that it’s not necessary for us to think about resolutions only because a new year is starting. Most of us do that because we want the next year to be better, either personally or professionally or both.
But sometimes, the resolution only works if we really feel a strong urge to change something. That urge doesn’t have to be dictated by the turn of the calendar…right?
So, what are some of the common New Year resolutions taken by people? No surprises here- Lose weight, spend time with family, be organized, wake up early, quit smoking or drink or both. I have had my fair share of such resolutions too. In the Fall of 2005, I got into a terrible habit of eating ice creams for dinner, which obviously didn’t go down very well with my body. So the most obvious resolution was to lose fat. That was my first and last resolution and it hasn’t really been very successful.
I’m really cynical about this whole idea. Don’t we make resolutions all the time? For example, a resolution to wake up early tomorrow morning and get more work done or a resolution to wash all the dishes tonight before hitting the bed.
Having said that, I do have some mental notes (I refuse to call them resolutions) for 2008:
1. Watch more movies- I want to watch at least two good movies every week. That’s 96 movies per year. Hopefully, my unemployment period will help me cross 100.
2. Pass CFA Level II in June 2008 on first attempt. Why? Of course for the money! Passing it on first attempt will save me another year of having to go through the same material and also lots of re-registration $$$. The sooner I get the charter, the sooner I will be on my path of becoming a millionaire, and the sooner I can retire and watch more movies…which brings me back to Mental Note No. 1
3. Find a job ASAP so that I can start saving money-> Millionaire->Retirement->Movies
4. Move somewhere closer to New York City and try to gauge Woody Allen’s fascination with that city in a different light.
5. Some other personal things…which I don’t want to mention here.
How many of you have a New Year’s Resolution? Out with it! 🙂 I might bug you from time to time and help you stay on track 😉