Enter the 'No New Year's Resolutions' Zone

Making a resolution for the New Year? Bah humbug. Join me in the No New Year's Resolutions Zone.

To be sanctimonious about it, why does anyone wait for another year to roll around before making self-improvement promises? Shouldn't that be something that we do every day? Not that I do.

Why a No New Year's Resolutions Zone?

First, there are those who think they should be telling you what resolutions you should make: Four resolutions to improve your financial health. Resolve how to make better resolutions. Eleven resolutions that will jump-start your career. Three ways to accomplish your resolutions. Or those who would like to make some money telling by promising that they have a way for you to keep your promises.

Shut up, why don't you?

Then there are those who want to tell us about their resolutions, as if we GAF.

Like this one, which has become a cliche:

As usual I failed to keep last year's resolutions - including not to make any more resolutions

Or Michael Moore's jerky promises, including "Keep Walking, Dude."  How about this one, Michael: "Lose  weight, you fat slob. Actually do it; stop talking about it."

Of course, my No New Year's Resolution Zone will be a lonely endeavor because: (1) some people have nothing better to do than read endless lists of useless promises and (2) some people will delude themselves into believing that promising to do better once a year is a good idea.

Bah, humbug.

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