What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2013?

Well, Christmas is a wrap.  The gifts have been given and opened, the returns have started, and everyone who hasn’t made definite plans is figuring out what they are doing for ring in the new year.  If you’re like me, you’ve already started taking down the tree.  Come on now, it’s just pure laziness to leave your tree up after Christmas.  Rationalize it all you want, but Christmas is over, take down the damn tree.  While you’re at it, start thinking of what you want to do different or better in 2013.

I’m a BIG believer in New Year’s resolutions.  I always have been.  I know some scoff and ridicule us Resolutioners but my annual goal setting ritual is serious business.  Although I know some mindless set unrealistic goals and then abandon them weeks into the new year but that’s not me.  My process is a little more involved.  I genuinely spend time reflecting on what I thought went right over the course of the year, what I thought didn’t, and what new goals I want to see for the coming year.  I check back on this list over the course of the year and I use them as benchmarks of my progress.  It’s a real thing for me and although it might not work for all this is a process I’m very proud of because I generally accomplish the majority of my goals I set for myself and even when I don’t I always benefit from the process.

What went right in 2012 for you?  What went didn’t go so well?  What are you most proud of and what would you do differently if you had the chance?  Believe me when I tell you it’s a super healthy thing to reflect on your life from time to time and the new year is a great time to do this.  You can’t let past defeats get you down or discourage you so much that stop trying to be better, do better, and get more of what you want and need out of life.  What are your New Year’s resolutions?  I generally make a list of 10 things I want to achieve but I’ve been doing this for years.  Maybe start with a short list of 3.  Hell, maybe this will be your first year and you’ll have The New Year Resolution; as in just one.  It’d be an admirable start!

Now go take down the damn tree.  Christmas is over and 2013 is only 5 days away!

3 Comments

  1. I’m a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions too. Being a crazy list maker, my resolutions get broken down into monthly benchmarks, so that I can gauge my progress over the course of the year. So the longterm goal might be to save x amount, and then each month I plan to put away 1/12 of that. That way, I can get ahead, or catch up, as the year progresses.

    With resolutions, even if I don’t fully achieve all of them, many times it’s about the progress and not the perfection of the goal, even if I don’t hit the full mark, I’ve gotten much farther down the path than I would’ve without the goal.

    That said, my Christmas tree is still up, and I haven’t fleshed out my goals for 2013 yet. But I have a long weekend ahead to get everything nailed down. Except the Christmas trees… that won’t be nailed down, just pulled down.

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