If New Year’s resolutions don’t do anything else, at least they cause us to take the time to reflect on things in our lives. And of course they are always about things that we want to improve on or do to make our quality of life better.
Forty to forty-five percent of Americans will make one or more resolutions each year. Of these, research shows 75% make it past the first week, 64% make it past the first month and after 6 months, 46% of resolutions are still being maintained to some extent.
These are better results than I thought would be the case based on my own history. I’m not a big resolution maker but have a terrible track record on the ones I do make. The research shows that people with very explicit resolutions, including implementation plans, are 10 times more likely to be successful than folks like me who just say, “I’m going to lose weight in 2011…or I will exercise more starting next year!”
I’m ready to show some success with my New Year’s resolutions! Maybe I have just been making the wrong kind or haven’t put them in writing to keep them in front of me. So, here are my resolutions for you and the rest of the world to see. You have my permission to hold me accountable!
Jim Bob’s 2011 New Year’s resolutions:
I will not cuss politicians…unless they deserve it!
I will not cuss my computer…unless it deserves it!
I will not eat Blue Bell Ice Cream…unless I deserve it!
I will eat more broccoli…unless I fill up on French fries first!
I will exercise more…unless there is something I want to watch on TV!
I will always put the toilet seat down…unless I forget about it!
I will never forget to put the toilet seat down…if Jan accidentally discovers it is up in the middle of the night!
I will help Jan look for her glasses at least 2 times each day without making any snide remarks…unless I just can’t help myself!
I will help Jan look for her cell phone without comment…unless I think she can’t hear me!
I will help Jan look for her sunglasses in both vehicles…unless I find them in the house first!
I will quit spoiling Miss Lillie…when I think she has had enough!
I will quit spoiling my 2 year old granddaughters…when they lay me in the ground!
I will quit beaming with pride for having a new-born grandson…when they lay me in the ground!
I will quit being proud of Cade and Megan being great parents…when they lay me in the ground!
I will quit helping Jan look for her glasses, cell phone and sunglasses…when she expedites my being laid in the ground!
I will wake up each day full of gratitude for a wonderful wife, 3 beautiful grandchildren, a great son, a fabulous daughter-in-law, the most spoiled rotten dog ever, a host of good friends, and God…all who love me just as I am!
I will do my best to take my purpose in life seriously…and at the same time, take myself more lightly!
And also, here’s wishing all of us a Humorous 2011 as we learn to look for the humor in life every day!