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I Hate New Year’s Resolutions… here’s mine.

I am a firm believer in setting goals. Writing down what I want to achieve gives me clarity.  Leaving an idea to bang around in my head just doesn't help me as much as I want to believe. Saying what I want out loud isn't quite good enough for me either. I don't know how many times I have talked and talked about a new plan or great idea but failed to act on it. My friends are sick of it before I've ever taken the first step.

I am a firm believer in setting goals. Writing down what I want to achieve gives me clarity.  Leaving an idea to bang around in my head just doesn’t help me as much as I want to believe. Saying what I want out loud isn’t quite good enough for me either. I don’t know how many times I have talked and talked about a new plan or great idea but failed to act on it. My friends are sick of it before I’ve ever taken the first step.

My father-in-law, a very wise and very tall man, likes to point out that every diet starts on the same day, and that day is “tomorrow.” Every fitness plan too.

Hilarious and not funny at the same time.

Every morning, I get up intending to do better than the previous day, but I fail so often it’s easy to just give up and say “oh well! this day’s a wash. Let’s just chill out and do better tomorrow.”

I don’t know what it’s like for you, but New Year’s resolutions are the same thing.  They’re just stretched out to the longest possible unit of measurement I can comprehend. I’m sure I would do the same for “New Decade’s resolutions” if I could think that far ahead.

I do well at first, but somewhere around January 7th, I give myself a cheat day. On January 8th I forget what I’m doing and grab drive thru Chick-fil-A biscuits on the way to work. Oops! I guess it doesn’t really matter if I get a cookie with lunch then. “I’ll do better tomorrow. Yes, the chocolate chip one.” I’m using the example of dieting, but it applies to other goals too.

My last month of work in 2017 was incredibly hectic, and only after having some time away from my obligations was I able to focus and realize what I needed to do to succeed in 2018.

And maybe that’s it. Maybe it’s not the fact that I’m getting a brand new year, maybe it’s that the vacation days give me the chance to reflect and actually think about what I could be doing better.

I’m writing this on January 1st, because tomorrow I head back into the office for a very busy stretch of work. As a finance and tax professional at a Fortune 500 company, the beginning of the year is an incredibly busy time for me. The annual close and ensuing tax provision will be followed another project and then immediately after I’m going to be doing something I’ve never done in my professional life.

It’s really exciting and you should be happy for me, but I’m not ready to talk about on here today, if ever.

And in the middle of that, my MBA program starts back up and I’ve got a big creative thing going. Don’t worry, other people are working on that project as well so I have to pull my weight on that one. I’ll tell you about it in due time, if you care.

While I’ve got big plans for 2018, it’s going to be really easy to fall off the wagon this year. Everybody needs to take a minute sometimes and get their head on straight, no matter what my schedule says. Sometimes I wish I could be a robot that just eats healthy foods and writes fun articles, but I better couldn’t afford the robot maintenance plan I’d be required to buy.

Back to New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like them, but they’re a good idea.

So, there are things I’m going to do differently in 2018 that I didn’t do in 2017. I guess those are resolutions, but I don’t consider them to be. I’m making changes, but they’re not really worthy of the name.

When I make a resolution, I make it one thing, and I make it something I enjoy doing. Several years ago, my resolution was to “pray more” and it was one of the best decisions of my life. A year later it was to “smile more often,” and as silly as that sounds, it helped get through a very tough time in my life.

My singular resolution in 2018 is a lot more finite and a lot more easy to mess up, but I’m going to tell you all anyhow.

My goal is to publish 100 articles in 2018.

That’s a lot of articles. About two a week. Right now the plan is for about half of those to be released here on Revenge Method. Maybe more. Some of these articles will be short and some will be long. And some articles (like this one) will start out short end up going way too long.

The other half will be released on (an)other website(s) to be announced later. As of this writing, I’ve got 5 of my 100 written, but not published yet. So if you want to see them, you should follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.  Whichever of those strikes your fancy.

2018 is gonna be big for me. Let’s catch up later.

Keep it real.

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