New Year's Resolutions?

@artistry (4154)
United States
January 3, 2011 10:52am CST
Do you set yourself up for a letdown when you make resolutions which more than likely will not be kept? Or is it worth the try to make them and do the best you can to keep them? Share your thoughts.
8 responses
@MsTickle (25058)
• Australia
7 Jan 11
Hi Artistry - I looked at a list of what people wrote regarding their New Year resolutions and the majority said they would not bother because they knew they would not keep them. There were many negative comments about the making of resolutions. Why don't people give it more thought? Why leave it to the last minute then throw out the first thing off the top of your head. Why not come out with something you really want and need and what you are really prepared to work for, something that you can continue with even if it doesn't work straight off. Why do people set themselves up to fail?
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
7 Jan 11
...Hi there MsT, Hope you and yours are doing well. I notice that there is a Mr. Tickle here, did you see his avatar? Anyway, I think that most of the time it's a resolution about losing weight or trying to stop smoking and/or making more money, which really you have to be disciplined about the first two and creative about the third. We say something most of us about resolutions, turn over and go back to sleep until next year in essence. Me I just don't get into saying anything, I am creative and splattered at times "o) so I do things a bit differently than others. If I decide something I do it mentally without the New Year as my starting point and it works better for me. But you are right, that is my thought as well. The other thing is that you have to set something for yourself if you are serious about it as someone said, that is attainable. I will marry Brad Pitt, wellll you can see how far that will go. "o Thanks so much for your comment, Happy belated New Year, if I haven't said so before. Cheers.
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@MsTickle (25058)
• Australia
7 Jan 11
back at you artistry...I sincerely hope it's a wonderful year for you and yours...full of abundance. Someone else told me about Mr Tickle and I have not been able to find him.
@MsTickle (25058)
• Australia
12 Jan 11
Thank you for BR. If you see Mr Tickle again can you let me know please?
@aurorastorm (1136)
• United States
6 Jan 11
This year I decided to not make my normal resolution to lose weight or exercise, I decided I needed to make a resolution for my mental health. So this year's resolution is to laugh more, worry less, that is my motto for this year. Easier said than done, but at least it is a goal or a mantra I can keep in my head to remind me that life is too short to be so miserable all of the time.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
7 Jan 11
...Hi there aurorastorm, I am hopeful that things are getting to be a little better for you. Sounds like a very good idea and an excellent starting place. I am of the opinion though it may take a bit of work as well, that if you try hard to think positively that it can get to be a habit and you will draw positive things your way. I wrote an article, if I can remember the link, www.socyberty.com/try-to-find-a-happy-thought/ or it may be www.healthmad.com/try-to-find-a-happy-thought/ If you look for it I hope you find it, but the title gives you the essence. Take care of yourself and do practice as you say to laugh more. Cheers.
@maezee (36582)
• United States
5 Jan 11
You make a good point. If there was a statistic out there, I bet it would read something like this: 99% of all New Years Resolutions are not kept. (Or a percentage close to that number). I have made a few goals for myself this year, but they're kind of 'continuing' goals from last fall that I plan to continue working on. This is why i feel like mine are a little different from everyone else's. Ha. Wish me luck!
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
5 Jan 11
...Hi maezee, Your way is different. I think the entire thing of setting yourself up at the beginning of a year creates a false point to start with. Just set your goals as you are doing whenever you think about them and continue to work toward completing them. Much better way of doing it. Your percentage is probably right on target. Good luck with all of your efforts. Thanks for your comment. Take care. "o) .
@1hopefulman (38701)
• Canada
4 Jan 11
When I resolve to do something, I mean it and will keep at it until I succeed. If I realize it is of no value than I forget about it and work on something else. Goals and resolutions is what spurs us forward to accomplish things. accomplishments make life satisfying!
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
5 Jan 11
...Hi there 1hopefulman, The word resolution is a bit much for me to absorb for some reason. I think short term or long term goals are a better way of putting things. Resolution, well...just makes me think of legalization or something. A charter of some kind. "o) Just my way of thinking and I have never taken to making any effort to do a resolution. Accomplishing things is very good but I do not want a resolution attached to it. Thanks so much for your response, you keep up the good work with your writing goals. Take care.
@trruk1 (1031)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I do not make New Year's resolutions. If I need to change something, I try to change right away. Resolving to do something on some day in the future is just a way of putting it off. If you need to make a change, today is a much better day than sometime next week.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
3 Jan 11
...Hi there trruk, I would think that you are quite right about that. It is a way of sort of tabling things. I don't make resolutions because it is not something that is going to stay with me. Before you know it, whatever it was you were not going to do and it is usually that way, an ending to something, you find yourself doing it again. So why start to try to stop? Thanks so much for your comment. Enjoy the new year, be healthy and safe in your travels. Cheers.
@cher913 (25887)
• Canada
3 Jan 11
i generally keep the resolutions that i make because i generally make them attainable.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
3 Jan 11
...Hi cher, That is a sensible thing to do. Since you know yourself and what you want to do, it is good to keep your perspective and be reasonable about resolutions. You will never be disappointed. I don't make any resolutions because I know myself, I also have short term memory problems, so I keep myself out of trouble and do not make any at all. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Take care, enjoy the new year. Cheers.
@Angelwriter (1955)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I can't speak for anyone else, but I make the same resolution every year. To not make any resolutions. It's easy to keep and gives me a nice feeling of accomplishment. I haven't failed yet. I'm not good at making myself do things unless someone else sets the goal or I have to answer to someone else. So, making a New Year's resolution for myself just wouldn't make sense. I'd break it and then I'd feel bad. This method works for me.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
3 Jan 11
...Hi there Angelwriter, Well this is the first time that anyone has voiced that and I heard about it. I think that is a great thing to do. What good sense that makes. I do not make any resolutions as I think as you do that it is so easy to not keep them so why put yourself through it all. It may sound good but it's a downer when you give up. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. Enjoy the new year, be healthy and safe. Cheers.
• United States
3 Jan 11
I would really like to keep my resolution for the year, but in times i get busy and cant keep it. NO its not to loose weight and do the whole healthy thing like so many people do try to do and all of that. Mine is to stick with the internet money making sites and start earning more this year so i can save the money and pay off some bills and cars and that stuff, so i am really looking forward to making more money this year and helping out more with my bills of course. I am hoping to really stick with it and get my mind focused on what i need to do to make the money. I have to stay off facebook games and get my mind on what is important in life.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
3 Jan 11
....Hi there lologirl, There are those who are methodical and are able to set goals for themselves which sometimes include their resolutions and have no problem sticking to them and accomplishing what they intend to do. Moi lives kind of spontaneously and would rather not have to remember that you said you were going to do this or that. Better for me as well to have short term goals so that I can see something materialize rather than waiting. Earning money is always good. Oh if you want a good site for your efforts, contact me with a friend request and will certainly share it with you. Have a Happy, Healthy New Year. Cheers.