I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I don’t see the point. Telling yourself on January 1 that you’re going to do XYZ just means you’ll do none of them by February 1. I think the smarter thing to do is set small goals for yourself as the year goes on, goals you know you can achieve. Don’t say, “I’ll lose 50 lbs this year.” Say, “I’ll lose 3 lbs this month.” After that, set a goal of losing 3 lbs the following month, so on and so forth. By the end of the year, if you’re successful, you’ll be down 36 lbs. It’s not the 50 someone else would have said, but it’s no kick in the teeth, either. If weight loss isn’t something you need to work on, but rather trying to find the right job, set a goal for yourself of sending your resume out a certain number of times a week or every two weeks, depending on when new jobs are posted. Sometimes a slew of jobs come up, but you’re not qualified for any of them, or they aren’t in fields you have experience or education in.
I just think too many people get hung up on making sweeping proclamations after chowing down on New Year’s lunch and watching the Rose Bowl that they forget a true resolution is supposed to be something you can do and stick with the whole year. It’s not just something you say to make yourself look ambitious. I’d love to lose 50 lbs next year. Hell, I’d love to lose 100 lbs next year, but short of chopping off limbs, that’s not going to happen. So, I make manageable goals for myself, and I see more results that way. More people would be wise to do the same. They might find themselves happier in the long run.