This year I am determined to keep all 10 New Year's resolutions.
Last year I only kept three: Not bad for a batting average, but not stellar when the ones kept were exercising five more minutes per week, saving $5 more per month and eating five fewer vegan meals per year.
My problem was setting my sights too high. For example, I made such impossible resolutions as not mixing whites and colors on hot, remembering to return people's calls, and becoming a better person.
This year all 10 are more realistic.
I resolve to:
- Not start smoking — anything new.
- Not drink in bars except at happy hour — unless someone else is buying.
- Not pick up checks for meals — unless dining alone.
- Turn off my phone at movies — unless expecting a call.
- Exercise more — except on non-Saturdays.
- Eat healthier — except when at home, work or traveling on business or vacation.
- Take self-improvement classes — unless they cost money or interfere with something I'd rather be doing.
- Read more and watch less TV — between 3-6 a.m. (if awake).
- Not throw a fit in sports — unless I've missed a short putt or lay-up, hit a ball into the net, or a teammate screws up.
- Convince people that I have become a better person — by not admitting to anything illegal or saying what I really think (except on Facebook).
Hopefully, your resolve will equal mine. If not, take inspiration from me and lower your sights.
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