It’s the Last Day of 2012 and I’m not going to reflect on 2012 and I’m not making any resolutions for 2013. Why bother? New Year’s Resolutions are for losers. We all have the same resolutions to lose weight, make more money, save more money, pay down debt, write more on your blog, eat less bad food, watch less TV, work smarter, make less mistakes, be a better parent, be a better spouse, be a better person.
How does making New Year’s Resolutions make you a loser? Ideally, we should follow the Japanese business of “continuous improvement” (which was made famous from Imai‘s 1986 book Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success). We should be improving ourselves and our lives all the time but that doesn’t mean we will. Humans are creatures of bad habits and laziness. We like the road well travelled and the path of least resistance that makes our lives easy.
That isn’t a bad thing. The best part of your life is your “free will”. You can choose to be the person you are. You don’t have to be a good person or a bad person but you can choose to be a good person or a bad person. However, if you chose to continually to improve yourself, won’t you become a better person in the long run? Won’t those worthless resolutions become actually accomplishments?
If you want to make resolutions, by all means go ahead and make them. Set some goals for yourself that won’t make you feel like a failure. Don’t become a loser by making unrealistic goals or resolutions. Make them obtainable but keep in mind you should be moving towards continuous improvement in your life.
As your favorite source of Worthless Advice, I wish you the very best in 2013.