Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Dave Berry's advice on New Year's Resolutions

Thinking about your New Year's resolutions? Here are some helpful words from author Dave Berry:

Many people give up because they “set their sights too high.” In making a New Year’s resolution, pick a goal that you can reasonably expect to attain, as we see in these examples:

Unrealistic Goal: “In the next month, I will lose 25 pounds.”
Realistic Goal
: “Over the next year, taking it an ounce or two at a time, I will gain 25 pounds, and my face will bloat like a military life raft.

Unrealistic Goal:
“I will learn to speak Chinese.”

Realistic Goal:
“I will order some Chinese food.”

Unrealistic Goal:
“I will read a good book.”

Realistic Goal:
“I will examine the outsides of some good books, then waddle over to the part of the bookstore where they sell pastries.”

Unrealistic Goal:
“I will do volunteer work for a worthy cause.

Realistic Goal:
“I will give myself a hearty scratching.”

Thanks for the help, Dave.