Sara's column: Continued plans for New Year's resolutions

There’s a phrase that’s stuck with me for years: If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.
Dec 27, 2013
Sara McManamy-Johnson

There’s a phrase that’s stuck with me for years: If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.

I can’t remember when or where I first heard it, but it’s always rung true for me. As soon as I make plans, something crops up to knock them awry.

Yet eternal optimist that I am, I continue to plan my New Year’s resolutions.

I’ll note that it’s usually a fairly easy process for me; I just break out the previous set and put a new date on them.

And although I kick myself every year when I realize my early lofty goals are scrapped, I take small refuge in the realization that I’m not alone in this.

According to statistics in the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, just 8 percent of people making New Year’s resolutions are successful in their efforts.

Ouch.

So I’ve decided to be slick about it this year. I’m not just listing my resolutions; I’m planning how I’ll actually make them happen.

I know it’s a novel idea.

But since I know going into it that my plans will probably be shot down within Week 1, I’m also coming up with a Plan B…and C, D, E, F, etc.

I figure eventually one of them might make it through.

And if nothing else, I’ll at least be a master planner by the time 2015 rolls around.

Popular New Year’s Resolutions

1.     Lose weight

2.     Volunteer

3.     Quit smoking

4.     Get a better education

5.     Get a better job

6.     Save money

7.     Get fit

8.     Eat healthy food

9.     Manage stress

10.  Manage debt

11.  Take a trip

12.  Reduce, reuse and recycle

13.  Drink less alcohol

Source: usa.gov

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