I'm sitting here in my office, and the school is as quiet as it ever gets. Wendy, as you know, is on vacation. I am here by myself. The phone is unusually, almost eerily, quiet - a sign that the holiday season is about to descend upon us like a warm, fuzzy blanket.
And what always follows the warm fuzziness of the Thanksgiving - Christmas stretch?
New Year Resolutions!
I project that approximately 92% of us here in the Northville area will be making a resolution this year. I guess we can all look forward to a thinner and more attractive population, who doesn't smoke, who "takes time for the little things", who reads more, who travels more, who saves more. Yes, I imagine that round about March the city of Northville will be COMPLETELY transformed as the New Years plans of our 200,000 neighbors come to fruition.
Or... maybe not?
A quick google search told me that about 8% of people who make new years resolutions actually say they keep them. Why do I point this out? Because I wanted you to consider two ideas for your January resolving:
1) That a five year plan is the best and easiest way to create and keep goals, and
2) That if you are not a five year plan kind of person, you might try this instead (and instead of making another fragile New Year's resolution) --
If you know that you are going to only see your new goal through to February or March, I feel you NEED to think this way:
"What can I do in the first month of 2009 that will "set me up" for success in the rest of the Year?"