I have never been successful with New Years resolutions. Inevitably two weeks later I’ve forgotten about the promises I’ve made to myself and am charting a course into the new year without a thought as to those resolutions. I will tell you a secret…
It doesn’t both me one bit that I don’t fulfill these promises.
I know, it really should bother me, right? I don’t resolve to go places or do exciting things- those type of “resolutions” I reserve for my bucket list. My resolutions usually involve intangibles that I can’t really be held accountable for – the ever vague and ambiguous “I’m going to exercise more” or “I am going to spend more time with family.” It wasn’t quantified in the first place so I can be completely subjective in achieving or failing at the goal without any data to back me up. That’s probably why the resolutions disappear within two weeks.
This year I wanted to do something different with my “resolutions.” While my concrete goals are reserved in place on my bucket list – why can’t I resolve to cross a few of those off instead of promising myself something intangible and vague.
So out of the 50 items we put on our bucket list last January, we crossed two off this year:
30. Own our own home. (June 2011)
41. Ski (February 2011)
I don’t know how we should rate two, but at least we have a starting point for 2012.
What are you crossing off your bucket list this year?