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My 2006 New Year's Resolution

It's that time of year again. Everyone has had their New Year's parties, watched the ball drop (or whatever your tradition in your country or area), counted down "10, 9, 8 … 2, 1, Happy New Year," kissed their significant other, and ushered in another year with as much gusto as before. It is now 2006!

It's also time for making those things that we all make this time of year. Yes, I am talking about New Year's Resolutions. I have made mine and it is a little different this year. I say "it" because I only made one this time. What is it? Well, I have decided …

"My 2006 New Year's Resolution is to Fail Miserably!"

What? Did I say Fail? Post why? Surely, I do not want to fail miserably in 2006 …

I know, I know; it does not make any sense to decide to fail this year. And you are right; I really do not want to or plan to fail in 2006, that's why I made it my New Year's resolution. Are you with me now?

You do not need statistics or a history lesson to know that most people (and if they are really honest, all people) do not keep the greatest part of the resolutions made at the beginning of the year. Heck, some people are lucky to keep any of them. How many times have you heard, "I plan to lose weight this year," only to find them (or you, if that was your resolution) weighing the same or more in December, than they did in January?

This is my reasoning for choosing such an odd resolution for this New Year. I have no intention of keeping it. I am never able to keep my resolutions either. As a matter of fact, my year is starting off in exactly the opposite direction of my resolution and I hope to keep that trend up throughout the year. Yes, I am already breaking my 2006 resolution, on January 2. Now that's record time.

If you are in the process of making your resolutions for this year, I would seriously urge you to consider my thoughts for mine and build yours accordingly. This will allow you to start off on the right foot instead of having great intentions that get tripped up by great intentions … make sense? I am putting failure as my resolution and therefore only have "upward" to go from there.

Now, please do not confuse resolutions with proper planning. My plan for the year allows no room for failure. My goals encompass success and profitability, among other things. These are things that I have control over and that I can choose to make happen. It is the resolution part that seems to be the most uncontrollable force of any New Year and it is the resolution that I have chosen to "trick" into becoming controllable for me in 2006.

Here's to a happy and prosperous 2006 to you and yours! Happy New Year!

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