New Years Resolutions and Birthday Goals

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

Jan 01

Sitting here on New Years Eve, I am again struck at the tremendous number of posts out there that tell you how to keep your resolutions this new year and how so many of them won’t be kept — most not even for ten days.

I’ve never been a big fan of New Years resolutions. Because they fail. I do all of my resolutions on my birthday, some three months from now.

You see, the whoopla is gone by then. And, since they are my goals and my resolutions, it makes more sense to me to make mine when I was brought into the world on my birthday. Not on New Years at the same time as half the people on the planet make resolutions — what’s great about following the herd?

Instead, I think it is more important to take that New Years day and figure out what went well for you in 2007. What things could have been better. What changes you experienced during the year and what those changes mean to you.

The end of the year is about evaluating your experiences and what you learned from them. Not setting silly goals with millions of other people you don’t even know.

The end of the year should be about endings, not resolutions. Give up that which has not served you well.

Your life in this world began on your birthday. It only makes sense for you to set your goals for the next year on the day you start your next year.

Remember your experiences this past year and learn from them. And set your goals on your birthday.

Happy New Year.

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.