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New Year's Resolution

One month and a few days later, how are your New Year’s Resolutions going?

If you haven’t noticed by the many blogs over the past few years, we have a fairly active social media committee who meet weekly to decide and promote what our organizations social media should be each week. This means a group of us get together each Monday morning for about 15 or 20 minutes to go over ideas and either agree to write, or find someone to write, a blog or some other form of social media. This is sometimes a creative process and as creative processes go, we tend to go in tangents that are typically helpful in coming up with new ideas.

Back on January 4th, during our first Social Media Committee of the year, we somehow got on the subject of New Year’s Resolutions. About half the group made New Year’s Resolutions and about a quarter of us were willing to say them out loud. One person said it was a secret and another person said that she couldn’t tell us because New Year’s Resolutions were like “birthday wishes”, if she told us then they would never come true. I think that was another way of saying she didn’t have one, but she swears that she does and is still on track with her “birthday wish” resolutions.

I have always been of the opinion that if you say your resolutions out loud in front of people you are more apt to follow through with them. If you are lucky, you might even get someone to join you in your resolution – I think if two people work together you are even more likely to be successful. I was not that lucky with mine this year but perhaps mine were too basic for people in my group. Never-the-less I believe saying your resolutions out loud helps in the likelihood of succeeding. It’s funny now that I think of it… I have other rules about resolutions … like twenty one straight days makes resolutions into habits. If you mess up one day doesn’t ruin the entire year. I have been known in years past to say I have been successful with my New Year’s Resolution except for Feb 3rd and 4th – April 23rd and so on but still feel I was successful. I feel if I can remember the days that I didn’t do something I committed to at the beginning of the year that is pretty successful.

Now back to my resolutions for this year. My wife would say some of them are not fair because I have been doing things like not drinking anything with caffeine for over four years, and some are too easy for me like reading at least a half hour every night. Some she hopes I will not share since it might just be TMI and others she thinks are good ideas but perpetual … like losing another five pounds. Never-the-less they are mine and I am sticking to them, and have for the past 31 days.

I am always up for a challenge, and since I have been successful so far, I thought I would finally take on a challenge that came my way on January 4th (after I talked about this year’s resolutions for the first time in Social Media Committee – I was challenged to write a blog about New Year’s Resolutions). There’s one more challenge successfully completed. Now – How are your resolutions going?