This year, I’m going to keep my resolutions. I mean it.  I realize that last year that didn’t happen, and in fact the precedent is that my resolutions never keep. But this year, I have a feeling – a premonition. The past years didn’t include a premonition. They just rolled up and I just went along to a New Year’s celebration and blurted out my resolutions. Past years have seen my resolutions as externally motivated – things over which I had little or no control, like wanting to get a raise or a new significant other. These can be categorized as the “daydream resolutions,” as they exist on a dream and good wish.  So what is it about resolutions that make them more or less likely to be achieved?

Resolutions that come with a promise at the end create high motivation to accomplish them. I label these the “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow resolutions,” and they are more likely to be realized. For instance, if you lose 25 pounds, you treat yourself to a vacation in Maui. Now that sounds like something worth the effort! Or a resolution can come as a sort of biggest loser contest. A group of people make a resolution and they stick to it and monitor their progress towards it. Looking around at the crowds in the local health clubs January through March and a testimony to the notion that follow thru is really rare on resolutions. My preference is resolutions with very little wiggle room.  These I call the “do or die resolutions.” I think recovering alcoholics understand these – it’s like “I must stop drinking or I face sure downhill sliding.” Those with damaging repercussions as an alternative tend to get our attention. For many of us there are the “ticking clock” resolutions. These are things that comprise a list of to-do’s that we’ve not yet done. FINALLY, you have to paint that painting, start that business, create that website or ask that person on a date. It’s like time is running out and it’s now or never!

I need to add a very chic resolution category for the 2000s, because a few of mine fall into this one. It’s the “humanitarian resolution,” which essentially delivers some type of planetary consciousness or human helping human result. As such they include statements of how we want to treat others, or “pay it forward.”  Not too far off from that is the “green resolution,” which outlines a benefit to mother Earth. Maybe the motivation is to consume less water in a drought ridden city, using recycled elements, or recycling your waste. These all benefit the planet. The “technology resolutions” are those which make statements to upgrade and move toward the newer, faster and sleeker electronics, computers and games.

Me, I am a “bucket list” resolutionist. By that, I surmise the top 10 things I’d like to accomplish in the new year and strike one line at a time as they’re achieved. They’re a combo of all the different types ofresolutions, like I WILL BUY A NEW CAR (daydream resolution) and PURCHASE AN Ipad and  Iphone (technology).   I WILL LOSE 5% BODYFAT and GO TO A BEACH TO SHOW OFF MY NEW BODY (pot of gold resolution). I WILL WRITE A BOOK (ticking clock) and I INTEND TO STOP MY ADDICTION TO WATHING COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES (do or die).  I WILL UPLIFT AT LEAST ONE PERSON A DAY WITH A POSITIVE STATEMENT (humanitarian). I’ve not yet considered my green resolution, but I can assure you that I’d rather launch my book on itunes than consider only traditional hard bound copies, so that would qualify.   If I can accomplish half of my bucket list, I’ll consider it a success.

Like I stated earlier, I have a premonition that this year will be a banner year for accomplishing my resolutions.  Something tells me that I will be driving a new car in Laguna Beach with my newly sculpted body, headed to the ocean front with my loaded 4G  Ipad, where I will complete the final chapter of my book, which you will certainly be reading very shortly. Yep, I’m resolute about my resolutions. But don’t hold me to them.