Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Parting Resolutions




When I was a kid, I was always excited about the coming New Year. It was (and is) a time to start over, to try something new. I used to make a whole list of resolutions. By the end of the year, I would realize that I hadn't kept any of them so, I stopped making them. Then, I would set one goal for myself. At the end of the year, I would look back and realize that I hadn't achieved the goal I set either. Setting the goal at the beginning of the year was really just another way of making a resolution... a resolution I wasn't going to keep anyway, I reasoned. Once again, I stopped setting any goals. At least I stopped setting them on New Year's Eve.

So, for years, the pressure and the burden of doing that sort of thing was off of me and I got a lot more accomplished as far as personal growth during the year. I paid off credit cards, saved money, got a new job, left the Air Force, found a new hobby (blogging), and got some necessary things fixed/improved in my house... all without making any resolutions. I just did them when they had to be done.

Now, here I am at the end of another year and I want to set a goal of improving my health and losing some weight in the next year (I stated this before in another blog post). It looks like here I am, once again, making a resolution on the eve of another New Year. I said that I would like to lose 20lbs. by my next birthday. My birthday is in 84 days so, that might not be plausible. How about if I just lose 20lbs. period? Does that still make it a resolution? Probably so, but realistic and doable without a deadline.

I'm not against people who make resolutions. Some people actually do what they say they are going to do (nobody I personally know but, I'm sure somebody somewhere does). I think that if you're going to make resolutions or set a goal, then it should be something you can realistically do and something you absolutely know you are going to do... otherwise, it's a waste of time.

Happy New Year blog fam and here's to doing whatever you set out to do in the coming year in a big way!!!

PEACE!!!

29 comments:

Reggie said...

Happy New Year, Keith!!!:)

Toni said...

Happy New year Keith!!!(Hugs and Kisses)

Angie B. said...

Happy New Year Keith. Love Ya!

Sunflower said...

Happy New Year Keith, Much success
to you!

Beautifully.Conjured.Up said...

Happy New Year to you too *smile*

Halo said...

Happy New Year Keith

Vanessa said...

Happy New Year Keith

Lisa said...

Happy New Year Keith

James Perkins said...

Can't Wait to see what you bring to the 09.-lololol..Happy New Year
and thanks for the entertainment on both of your sites.

Simon Bastion said...

Happy New Year Keith

Jazzy said...

Happy Nappy Brother!

Grover Tha Playboy said...

Happy New Year to the true playa for real of the blogosphere.

Tate2 said...

Happy New Year Brother Keith

Swaggie said...

Happy New Year Keith!

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR Keith!

Eb the Celeb said...

happy new year!

Hey Shae! said...

Year's is always exciting for me. It's like getting a do-over each year.

Happy New Year Keith.

Regina said...

Hey Keith!

Nice post and very true!
Happy New Year to you and yours!

OG, The Original Glamazon said...

Happy New Year to you! I prefer goals myself, new years is a mice time to do a status check. Most of my goals have not do by date.

-OG

Mizrepresent said...

Happy New Year Keith! I decided to write out, and print my goals for 2009 and then i put them in a nice frame and set them right in front of my office computer...this way i can't ever forget what i was set out to do! I will feel good if i can accomplish at least one of them, but if i can do all 10, then 2009 will be one of my best years! Thank you for everything, wishing you and yours a safe and wonderful holiday!

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

happy nappy new year folk

Attorneymom said...

Happy New Year, Keith!!!!

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hi there Keith!

{hugs}

I really just wanted to drop by and bring "Happy New Year!" greetings!

What could be more fitting than some advice and encouragement from God:

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

*Isaiah 43:18-19

Muze said...

happy new year!!!

The Fitness Diva said...

Just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year!

Health and success to you in 2009!
Fitness Diva

LadyLee said...

Happy New Year, young man!

I don't care for resolutions either. Although I do think they will work if there is a good plan involved. But nobody ever talks about a plan.

Hope you lose that weight. I plan on getting healthier too.

Angel said...

Hey Keith

Happy New Year - I don't do annual goals its just too much, I do set smaller monthly ones and I tend to stick to them...Good luck with your weight loss!

Oyin said...

Happy New Year Keith...resolutions are made to keep some and break the others. We all want to make something new for the new years...and most people want that new image for the new year.


Hope had a nice holiday, and thanks for the compliment....I knew you would be looking...hahaha

Kofi Bofah said...

Happy New Year.

And about that resolution to lose 20 pounds.

You tell your buddies on here that you intend to lose 20 pounds. We will then ask you every other week how the workout regimen is going to keep you honest.

That should work - if somebody is up here bringing it up every other day - you won't want to disappoint the group. It would just be another motivator.




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