During most of my 20s and 30s, I made New Year’s Resolutions. I think I actually achieved many of these, especially once I learned to make measurable goals instead of vague goals (i.e. like do yoga every other day versus get healthier). I stopped drinking soda, reduced caffeine consumption, drink green tea 4-5 times a week, went back to school, switched careers, took classes to improve my work skills, increased retirement savings by a certain percentage, traveled to places on my must-see list, etc…
I’ve also missed too many goals to name. I did not climb the corporate ladder, buy a house, or max out my retirement accounts. I still haven’t volunteered or improved my photoshop skills or learned another language. Too often I still take my husband, family and friends for granted. I haven’t even attempted to make chicken salad, one of the easiest goals I’ve ever set! Yes, seriously….
At one point, I just stopped making New Year’s Resolutions. I still accomplished things throughout the year but instead of writing a long list each January, I just kept a list of anything I was somewhat proud of doing. Even reading eight books in 2009 counts as an accomplishment.
Not making resolutions now doesn’t mean that I won’t do so in the future. If I read an inspiring story, I often make up a goal mid-year. I quit drinking soda a few summers ago and started my Just Ask! negotations challenge in October.
I am a bit worried that I will be too unfocused without firm resolutions. We’ll see. There are so many things I still need to achieve.
How about you? Do you always make resolutions? Is this a dead giveaway that I’m a proud member of the apathetic Gen-X?