There is an anti-New Year’s Resolution revolution, which is understandable with an 80% failure rate for this tradition of creating long, impossible-to-achieve lists on January 1st. This masochistic activity is not a great start to a new year.
Don’t create a list, promising to lose 50 pounds by June; quit your job to create a successful non-profit; resolve to cure cancer by October; or go from couch potato to marathoner in the next nine months. This only leads to feelings of inadequacy and failure.
What I suggest is taking a more fun, fulfilling approach to resolutions. Check your bucket list for things you have yet to do. Think of what you often declare after saying “I wish I could” or “I really want to.” Imagine what will make you happiest in 2012. Here’s my list:
New Year’s Resolutions for 2012
1) Read The Two Gentlemen of Verona and see the play at the Shakespeare Theater in February.
2) See Addams Family at The Kennedy Center this summer.
3) Improve my golf game.
5 & 6) Two trips to attend baseball games in two stadiums I have not yet visited (attending games in all MLB stadiums is on my bucket list).
7) Rent lakeside or seaside cottage/house with kids this summer, possibly for two weeks.
8) Remodel my master bathroom.
9) Read the novels listed on my 2012 Reading Wish List.
10) Create Dining Wish List from 2012 Washingtonian Very Best Restaurant list and eat in each restaurant.
Be kind to yourself and enjoy life. Try approaching 2012 as a new beginning, filling it with fun goals. Make yourself a list with items you can’t wait to check off throughout the year. I promise you will end 2012 a lot happier and with many enjoyable memories if you do.