Overpriced juice cleanses. Chris Christie. Cats as pets. The name of the game is “things I think are dumb.” And along those lines, I would add New Year’s resolutions to the list. I know there is a good chance that many of you reading this may disagree. You plan to make a resolution, hell, you have several, what’s wrong with that? Sure, make your resolutions. But know that you’ll probably fail. Sorry to be Debbie Downer, but statistics show that only 8% of people are successful in achieving their goals. Pessimist view: 92% aren’t.
Or, after your boyfriend takes you to the aforementioned Subway for your birthday dinner, you resolve to stop dating cheap-ass scrubs. Once that motivation is there and you feel the need to change is a must, then you should, on your own, do so. And, if you’re going to set a goal, make it quantifiable. Saying something vague like “I want lose weight” or “I want to volunteer more” isn’t going to cut it. You want to lose how many pounds? Do your favorite J Brands no longer fit and you could stand to lose 5 lbs or are you often mistaken for Rebel Wilson and need to lose 150? If you want to volunteer more, how much are we talking? If the last time you did anything nice for anyone was when you were a candy striper in high school (and let’s be honest, that was just for your college resume) maybe start by trying to volunteer every three months. Or, if all your friends refer to you as “Mother Teresa Junior,” vow to volunteer once a week.