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.
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
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