Skip the New Year’s Resolutions

2012 resolutions

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. I found over time that the pressure to accomplish something ended up defeating any progress. Every time I’d backslide or screw up I’d think, “I’ve blown it.” It was like the very act of making something a resolution made it into a success or failure proposition. Either I lost twenty pounds or I’d failed. Never mind that I lost fifteen pounds, the fact that I didn’t meet my resolution meant failure.

It was the same with money. If I resolved to save $1,000 and only saved $800, I felt like I’d failed. If I resolved to get better at investing and my portfolio took a hit, I felt bad. There wa

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4 Responses to Skip the New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Monkey Mama says:

    I am the same way. I think goals are important, but they should be made when they make sense or need to made. Certainly nothing magical about January 1.

    Happy New Year – always enjoy your posts!

  2. Totally agree. Forgetting resolutions makes meeting my goals so much easier and like you stated I accomplish so much more.

  3. I like to make goals rather than resolutions. For example, I might set a goal of working out 4 times a week. This is more encouraging than setting a resolution to lose weight. The end result might be the same, but it puts less pressure on me. I like to make it more about the action than the final result.

  4. Arturo Ortiz says:

    I agree with most of this blog. I agree that it’s better to start small and work up. I think that it’s less tedious to have a lot of small goals instead of one big one. The only thing that I can tell you is that, when you make a goal you have to expect to fall back a little. You said that you have tried to save $1000 and ended up saving $800, or saying that you wanted to lose 20 pounds, but ended up losing only 15. This is common and is not failure, failure would be not seeing any success. Rather the point of a goal is not merely to reach the exact demand, but to get better than you started out.

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