Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Thoughts on New Year Resolutions

Seven days till Christmas and then New Years and all the hoopla that goes with that celebration. What springs to mind is the practice of New Year Resolutions ...

Personally, I don't have any this year, nor did I have any last year or the year before. Some people faithfully make resolutions every year.

I decided to Google "New Year Resolutions" and found the following article. It doesn't quote any particular source to qualify its statements, but nonetheless I thought it worthwhile quoting here. My source is Wikipedia.

New Year's resolution
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A New Year's Resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year's Day and remain until the set goal has been achieved, although many resolutions go unachieved and are often broken fairly shortly after they are set.

Many New Year resolutions in the Western world involve maintaining peak vitality, physical fitness, or appearance. For example, one person's goal might be to reduce or to eliminate intake of alcohol, tobacco, or recreational drugs. The most common new year's resolution is weight loss. A student may make a resolution to stay focused in class or to complete all of his assignments. Resolutions to eat sensibly or increase exercise are also quite common.

More socio-centric examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more economically or environmentally responsible. People may act similarly during the Christian fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility.

The new year resolution is one example of the rolling forecast-method of planning. According to this method, plans are established at regular short or medium-term time intervals, when only a rough long-term plan exists.

Well, what are your thoughts? Planning to commit to a New Year's resolution this year? If so, congratulations and more power to you to follow through for more than a week or two. Me, well I already stated that I don't plan on making any resolutions this year or any other year for that matter. But if I where to make a resolution or two it would be not too work so hard the last year of work and plan on spending more time getting ready for the next phase of my life, retirement.

Till next time, Cheers!

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