Tomorrow is the last day of 2008 and most people will spend a little time day dreaming about what they would like to see happen in 2009.
The Press will remind us, it is a standard story (!), that most of us will not keep our resolutions.
Do you keep yours? I keep mine. This is how I do it.
I set targets for the end of the year and write them down in a place that I am likely to stumble over in the second half.
By the end of 2009, I will take pleasure in exercise.
This gives me time to achieve the goal and allows for the stops, starts and false turns that are inevitable.
I am focusing on what I enjoy.
If I go out to play tennis, or take the stairs instead of the lift, then I tend to think about the part that was fun. After a while, I associate the activities with fun and look forward to doing them.
And I write down the goal in a place, I don’t look every day but that i will find by accident months from now.
I usually write my resolution on the front inside cover of my diary. At some time, I will probably use the calendar to plan something, or I will open the diary when I am hunting for my driver’s license number, or something like that.
The double surprise of finding my resolution and discovering that I have done something about it, is enjoyable. I begin to think of myself as someone who gets things done (eventually), and as someone who truly likes exericse (in this case). It’s a good feeling.
And if you don’t have the energy to be willful, pop back here tomorrow and I’ll summarize a positive psychology approach to your new year review that is altogether more fun than this!