Archive for Thursday, December 27, 2001

Out with the old, in with the 2002

December 27, 2001

Thank goodness, Christmas is over.

Finally, I can get back to my normal routine of searching cnn.com every hour to check up on the war on terrorism and deciding which movie is worth spending my hard-earned money on (if at all).

It's hard to believe Christmas came and went so quickly!

However, this was one of the better years. Much to me and my family's surprise, I finished all my Christmas shopping one week prior to the big day. Traditionally, I'm more of a "day before" kind of shopper, but I tried something new this year and actually succeeded. One might say it was a goal for me to get the shopping done early so it would be out of the way.

As mentioned earlier, this is highly unlike me. However, I set a goal and I achieved it. I should get a cookie.

Speaking of cookies, now is that time of year when some find it in their heart to make a list of all the things they want to change in upcoming months. One such goal might be to try and burn off a few of those excess pounds gained from eating (insert fatty, but oh-so-tasty food here). Another goal might be to kick a bad habit or even save more money. The possibilities are endless.

Now, I'm not really big on New Year's Resolutions. My mindset is if you really want to achieve something, then you'll be willing to start at any given moment. But, I realize that there are some that need a good catalyst, such as the start of the year, or maybe even just the start of a new week. So, don't let me rain on your New Year's Day parade. More than likely, I will jump on the bandwagon with all the other resolvers in a few days and get started on planning my goals for 2002.

Heck, I'm just excited that next year is a palindrome.

One thing I've found to be a key aid in achieving a goal is to write the sucker down. Get out a Big Chief tablet and a marker and go to work. Write down your goals and put them somewhere you can see them everyday. Put them where you can give them a quick read before going to work, school, or whatever. In reality, every day, every second, truly counts toward the big picture and getting what you want.

In 2001, I decided it was time to stop talking about achieving my goals and actually get around to doing them. The end result? I was about 50/50 in getting them accomplished. The ones I wrote down and focused on, I did. The other goals, the ones not attained, only got a half-effort, though I didn't realize it at the time.

Second (or third, fourth, etc.) chances are nice.

This year, feel free to self-improve. Feel free to show yourself and others what you're made of.

I think Yoda, a two-foot-tall green Jedi master from Star Wars, said it best:

"Do, or do not, there is no try."

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