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Oh, it’s that time of the year. Left and right people are blogging, tweeting, facebooking, friendfeeding, their lofty goals for 2009 and all their resolutions to Get in Shape, Lose Weight, Get Organized, Do Something Charitable, Clean My Inbox etc..
All these folks getting serious, aiming to be a true Slow Blogger.
Well, not here at CogDogBlog- we are dedicated to lots of shallowness, silliness, and fast as possible blogging.
I don’t begrudge people making goals, plans, etc as things to aim for. But we should do it all the time. This post holiday loftiness, fueled by extra helpings of turkey and fruitcake, appears to this dog as sucker bet, a set up to end up depressed when one lands short.
There is some incentive for making your goals public as then there is an extra incentive to reach it, as who wants to be seen in public as failing? But that makes the reason for achieving it–to me– cheaper. You should want to achieve goals because they are important to you, not to keep your public (ego) reputation in tact.
I have a different strategy that has worked (once)- I call it the secret resolution. Make a goal or two, scribble it on a piece of paper, and stuff it in the back of your sock drawer. The goal is only between you and it. No shame in failing and only pride in succeeding. Make a pact with yourself.
Mine happened in January 2005. I whispered to myself in the back of my mind, “I’d like to say I accomplished running a half-marathon before the end of the year” which was silly as I do hate running, and have never gone more than 3 miles in my life. I ended up doing a half-marathon in January 2006, then another in March, the following year, and a year ago managed to run my first (and likely last) full one. I did this for my own sake, my health, state of mind.
Again, there is everything right about making goals, achieving them, but doing so just because it is the first of the year seems like a set up for disappointment.
So I resolve not to make any resolutions, besides hoisting a banner for the movement of Fast Silly Shallow Blogging.
The post "Goals, Resolutions… Excuse Me While I Yawn" was originally dropped like a smoking hot potato at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2009/01/resolutions/) on January 2, 2009.