I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions on January 1. I’m too amped up, too emotionally charged. Making promises on the morning after New Year’s Eve is like making group vacation plans at a high school reunion (“Dude, I miss you guys. We should all go to Thailand next year…I mean it. Who’s down?”). Your heart is crushing the breakfast buffet but there’s still a “Do Not Disturb” sign hanging on your brain.
In order for resolutions to stick, the brain needs at least two weeks to conduct due diligence – to separate promises made in the moment (“My head hurts. I am not gonna drink all year”) from those with real staying power.
With that in mind, here are my ten Not-So-New Year’s Resolutions for 2010:
1. I will dedicate more time to volunteer work.
2. I will not edit my professional goals and aspirations to make them more achievable.
3. I will read eight books for pleasure.
4. I will give dinner parties a chance.
5. I will develop lasting relationships with three new business mentors.
6. I will surprise at least one friend or family member with an unannounced out-of-state visit.
7. I will stretch more often and improve at the sit-and-reach.
8. I will write something five days/week.
9. I will learn to accept and enjoy one new pizza topping.
10. I will take more pictures (but I will not post them all on Facebook).
What are your Not-So-New Year's Resolutions?