[Don’t forget to see part two of this post: “Don’t make New Year’s resolutions; set smart intermediate goals instead“]
It’s a new year!
I know this is so because I’ve already had to scribble out an error or two filling out forms and writing checks.
I’m sure you’re well aware of a New Years tradition — one that’s gone on too long, if you ask me! — of thinking up resolutions to keep throughout the year.
Well let it be known that I’m bucking the trend and I’m not making resolutions this year.
The problem with resolutions
Resolutions are just so passé — a relic left behind by the older generation, really.
Moreover, resolutions are just so mainstream — something reserved for sheep who don’t know any better than to stay close to the flock; and I pride myself on keeping this blog edgy.
And no one cares about my stupid old resolutions anyway — especially when there the same dumb resolutions I’ve been making for years.
If you wanna hear resolutions, why not just go eat some mass market food at McDonald’s, while listening to teen sensation Justin Bieber — I hear he’s very popular, but don’t know his music — if you want something so predictable as a resolution, because you’re not getting any out of me!
On personal improvement and budgeting
By now, you may have some questions on how to proceed with this resolution-free lifestyle. “But what about personal improvement?” You might ask. “Don’t you want to be in a better situation and be a better person one year from today?”
Well of course I do. There are plenty of ways I’d like to better myself, particularly after the natural introspection that comes with the relaxing times spent among loved ones over the holidays.
Not only that, I’ve got plans on how to achieve them. After all, the best way to go nowhere is to not have a destination.
Call them… um… aspirations.
“That’s all well and good,” you might continue. “But does this mean you’re not going to stick to a budget anymore — even knowing that a lot of folks spent a great deal over the holidays? After all, isn’t a budget just a numerical goal — a goal you resolve to work toward?”
NO, IT’S NOT!
In conclusion, be aspirational in 2014.
And make just one New Years resolution in 2014 — one you’ll actually keep: Resolve not to make any more resolutions going forward.