Whenever the topic of New Year's Resolutions comes up, my initial thought is that someone is about to set themselves up for disappointment. This is because many people who engage in this custom tend to equate their related failures (and occasionally, successes) with their self-esteem. I don't know if any reliable data exists, but one doesn't need any kind of advanced degree to deduce that a significant percentage of New Year's Resolutions (NYR) end dismally.
There are many reasons for poor NYR outcomes. Much of this can be attributed to a lack of skills for goal setting, which may include planning, developing a support system, or finding at least one appropriate role model. More frequently though, the NYRs themselves are formulated on unrealistic expectations. Ouch.
Realistic or not, there are some goals which are harder to achieve than others. Just ask any recovering addict who's been clean for a few 24-hours -and- has put forth the effort necessary to get more than that which was lost while using. ;oD
Returning to realistic NYRs, how about this list?
fugi's 2010 resolutions
- not get struck by lightning
- not participate in any Ponzi schemes
- knit more of my yarn stash than add to it (gulp!)
- resume bonsai
- reduce household excesses (♥ Freecycle™)
- keep learning, doing and sharing a wide variety of new things
- swear less, or at least more creatively
- remember not to take myself so fucking seriously
Ok, I'm satisfied with this year's objectives. Hey, 2010... Game ON. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.