As I write this, my New Years Eve date just cancelled!
Come on 2012… bring it!
On a good note….. I have about a 75% success rate on my new years resolutions! I’m not bragging or anything, but I do pride myself in this.
Ok, maybe I’m bragging a little!
They are my Lipstick Resolutions. Sealed with a kiss on my bathroom mirror. What I do, is every year I take my favorite lipliner pencil and I write 6-7 New Year’s Resolutions on the mirror in the bathroom. I use my favorite (usually most expensive) liner because that way I really have to think about the resolutions, nothing wasted. I let the resolutions stay on the mirror for about a week before cleaning them off. I look at them every day, multiple times a day, while I brush my teeth, do my hair, and put on my makeup. It’s almost a form of meditation because I can’t help but read them everytime I’m in the room. I’m one of those people that can’t help but read things. As a child I used to see if I could read all of the signs I saw from the car before we passed them. It was pretty easy until we got on the freeway! It’s memories like that, that make me realize why I’m a writer.
I think my success with my resolutions also has a lot to do with my job as a reviewer of proposed federal programs. Basically, just so you all know, anything that the government funds has to have a plan which includes well thought out objectives. Maybe knowing that…. will help make paying your taxes a little easier. I know it does me. Everyday these programs are conducted in a manner in which meeting the objectives is the end of year goal. Because of this, I basically run my life like a big fat huge federally funded program. A successful one of course. Which makes me feel better about some of my wasteful spending and debt. Hey if big brother can do it, so can I! (Note: I’m not trillions of dollars in debt)
Some things you need to think about when creating your resolutions (or you can call them the much less sexy name of “year end objectives”)
#1 Are they Significant? Don’t make up some lame resolution that doesn’t matter. Like, “I want to be a better person”. What? Who says your going to be a better person? Fact is, you may think you’re a better person when everyone else thinks you’re a jerk!
#2 Make them Measurable? So going back to the better person thing. How can one determine if they are a “better person?” Unless of course, you are willing to take a survey of everyone that is around you and you can guarantee that they aren’t going to lie. Then you really don’t know…. (Note: I’m sure you are actually a very nice person)
#3 Make them Attainable? If you only have enough time to read 1 book don’t set a resolution to read 10. Make it so that you are the winner. The best part about resolutions is that you get to set them. It’s the perfect game that you can truly win if you want to. Don’t make yourself a loser just to spite yourself.
#4 Make them Realistic? It’s great to have big dreams, but if you have never actually taken the steps to obtain those dreams don’t make your resolution to become a rockstar. Start with a karaoke machine!
#5 Make them Timely? Can you really get it done in one year? If not, don’t make it a resolution. Break it down and make one of the steps to obtain that bigger dream your actual resolution.
Also don’t be too hard on yourself. I have one resolution that makes it on the list every year! I’ve never completed it and it’s actually very easy. I may even be sad if I actually get it done. Also I firmly believe that you shouldn’t tell other people your resolutions, keep it personal and then just get it done. Which is why I’m not telling you mine in this post!
If you don’t want to work that hard. You can also have your resolutions computer generated with http://www.moninavelarde.com/newyears/
Happy New Year to you all! I hope you have a wonderful and prosperous year!
Remember you are capable of more than you think and you are more special than you could ever imagine!
I got stood up on Thirsday, and I’m home sick on NYE! I’m still happy, though. I’m going to enjoy a nice, quiet night in, reflect on the things I accomplished in 2011, and look forward to the things I’m going to do in 2012. I created my list of objectives a few weeks ago and will print them on pretty paper and put up on my bedroom mirror. Cheers!
Awesome, Maris! 🙂