Top Ten Resolutions for 2009

Why do people make resolutions for the new year? Many use it as a catalyst for accomplishing their goals. Many take the opportunity to try something new and improve their lives. I’ve put together a list of some of the most common resolutions people make. If you haven’t made your resolution list yet, you may find some ideas here:

  1. Quit Smoking. Several people I know were able to do this last year, and it is a good resolution to try and keep. There are some great resources online that can help you, and many state health departments sponsor programs as well. Here’s one – quitnet.com. You will feel better, breathe better, and your health will begin to improve sooner than you think. Your friends, family, car, clothes and computer will thank you for quitting. Those who love and care about you should support you. Good luck!
  2. Lose Weight. This isn’t just about the holiday pounds. Our society is getting heavier and heavier – are you? This is one of the most common resolutions people make, and it’s a good one. I’ve been working on mine for three months, and I’ve lost twenty pounds!! With determination, you can do a lot. There are many things you can do to get started. You can join a gym, order DVD workouts, join online support groups… the possibilities are endless. A great place to start would be something like Weight Watchers. They have calculators to help you keep track of what you eat, they have message boards for support, and it is a well-known name. There’s also places like Beachbody – programs that offer many options for exercise, diet and support all in one place. Keep at it, don’t give up. After all, if you don’t have your health, what do you have?
  3. Eat Healthier. Be specific in your weight loss, and be honest. You know, McDonald’s isn’t going to help you lose weight, and neither are those Christmas candies. You’d be surprised at how much money you save AND how much better you feel taking a homemade lunch to work instead of eating fast food. Make some conscious choices, and use the official Food Pyramid as your guide. Plan your menus and your meals ahead, don’t shop hungry and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how you can accomplish this goal.
  4. Exercise More. This one goes along with eating healthy and losing weight. You will receive better and longer lasting weight loss results, and improve your heart and lung function. Please remember to talk to your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.
  5. Take Time for Family. Are you a workaholic? Do you remember the names of your children? What about birthdays and anniversaries – have you forgotten any lately? Life is short, and we need to make the most of it. You can’t take your job, your money or your computer with you when you die – but you can take your experiences and the love you share with your family. Make sure you let them know how important they are to you, and try to do it on a daily basis. If you don’t have children or you aren’t married, consider talking to your parents or extended family more often.
  6. Return to School. Did you leave college before you earned a degree? Did life happen before you had a chance to get a higher education? It’s not too late, you can take online classes, night courses, or some type of correspondence course for many areas of study. You can keep your day job! All it takes is some hard work and dedication. You may qualify for financial aid, grants, scholarships… you never know unless you try. If you don’t have your GED, what are you waiting for?!? Step up and improve your life, and finish your high school education. If you are still young and not of age, please stay in school. Work hard, earn good grades, and they will take you far in life.
  7. Stick to a Budget. With the state of the economy, I’m sure you are feeling the pinch. If you haven’t been laid off yet, you may want to think about keeping to a budget. Figure out your expenses, your income, your investments, and put them all in one place. There are applications like Quicken and MS Money, but there are also free programs that can help you too. You could also go “old school” and use a ledger book. The most important thing is to balance your checkbook and keep an eye on everything that goes in and out. How you keep track of that is up to you.
  8. Change Jobs. Working at Wendy’s and want to get more out of life? Well, now is your chance! If you put together some of the resolutions above, you can accomplish this. You’ll be able to budget your money, go to school and work at the same time, and get your exercise to work off those half price meals. Check your local Workforce Services or job board for things you may be qualified for. Don’t sit back and complain – be proactive and do something about it!
  9. Have Patience. Everyone could use more patience. Whether it be with your co-workers, your boss, your family, or your friends, try counting to ten once in a while instead of raising your voice or flying off the handle. Make sure your interactions with others are positive – make conscious choices to lift people up and not tear them down. Try listening to Tony Robbins or something, and improve your self-esteem. You’ll be surprised what an effect it can have on your relationships with others, your patience with them and the success you will have.
  10. Help Others. As you know, Ponzi and I always try to help those less fortunate. There are things you can do too, even if you don’t have a lot of money. Your local food bank will always accept donations, no matter what time of year it is. Hungry people exist every day, not just around the holidays. Non-perishable foods are the best, because they have a longer shelf life and can be easily stored. Donate useful items that you don’t use anymore – glasses, coats, shoes, blankets, and wearable clothing.

What resolutions have you set? How successful were you last year? Feel free to share your ideas, experiences and encouragement for the new year.

Oh, and by the way – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Resolutions for 2009”

  1. Right on man! Great list of the top ten resolutions. Even better is that you shined a light on Beachbody for losing weight and getting in shape!

    As a Beachbody Coach, we’re committed to helping hundreds of thousands of people around the country getting in shape and shedding that extra weight. Plus, we’re an added level of support and motivation!

    Here’s to a fantastic 2009!

  2. Chris, thanks for a fun 2008!

    I no longer make resolutions on New Year’s Eve or Day. Still, I could definitely use more patience. Instead, I am taking it one day at a time, resolving each day to be the best I can.

  3. Amazing; I’ve actually found a list of New Year resolutions that I’ve done:
    1. Quit Smoking – done. I started when I was about 12 and quit (for good) when I was about 23.
    2, 3. Lose Weight, Eat Healthier – About 6 months ago I changed my eating habits and now I do just that. Long story, but about a year ago I got interested in all things Jewish, among them eating kosher, which for me means no more pork, shellfish or catfish and separating milk consumption from meat consumption for at least 6 hours. The first part I already knew about and since I never really cared for non-kosher types of meat to begin with I can’t say that I really miss them. The separation business was new to me and by trying it out I found that when I consume milk and dairy products I tend to choose the best quality to make the 6-hour wait worth my while. Not eating foods that contain both keeps many lower quality foods off my list. The ones that are left I get tired of more quickly. The list of benefits just seems to keep growing. I find this diet the most manageable I’ve tried because it doesn’t absolutely restrict me from fattening foods altogether but it does bias my eating practices towards better and healthier foods.
    4. Exercise More – This tends to be a little difficult at times because of my work schedule but I’ve managed to do that too. I live close enough to my work to be able to walk there in reasonable time so that helps.
    5. Take Time for Family – I phone my mother and one of my sisters regularly, and now my uncle as well. More importantly, What I really need to do though is start my own family and I’m making plans to do that.
    6. Return to School – I’m currently in a PhD program and still plan to take courses and the like after graduating.
    7. Stick to a Budget – See number 6.
    8. Change Jobs – See numbers 6 and 7.
    9. Have Patience – See numbers 6, 7 and 8.
    10. Help Others – I’ve done this for as long as I can remember. For me this should read “Help Yourself” since I too often put the needs of others above my own which has, unfortunately delayed my getting an education and starting a family.

    Anyhow, I’m quite amazed that I’ve already accomplished this list of New Year’s resolutions. This gives me something to celebrate: maybe I should keep the party going a little longer!

  4. I have started posting some New Years Resolutions on my blog.
    Mine aren’t as serious as yours and I’ll be posting a total of 5 Resolutions in picture format through out the day.

    Have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and eventful 2009

  5. this new years resolution that you posted hits me to the head…ahahaha.

    Most people so concern with their body. Gosh! it is really hard to resist to eat eat but maybe to all the people have this kind of things want to happen is….DISCIPLINE in their lifestyle. You cannot achieve your goals in life if you don’t have Discipline.

    OMG…I don’t want his to be a lecture. HAPPY NEW YEAR CHRIS and to everyone. muahz!

  6. I made a resolution many years ago to not make new years resolutions, and I haven’t broken it. I’ve done this because I believe anything else people resolve to do is further procrastination. It’s hard to put my thoughts into regular Human context so I might not make a lot of sense, hell I hardly recognize it myself.

    If you want to do something, just do it, don’t wait until the new year for it.

  7. Love the goals. I can relate to them all.
    1. I quit after many years. It was tough but losing the dependency on the cigarettes I think help to motivate me in other ways.
    2., 3. & 4 – go together. Start reading labels on packages for the ingredients. If that doesn’t turn you off prepacked foods nothing will. If you have stopped smoking then roasting vegetables and cooking with enhance your taste buds and you will suddenly be really tasting food again.
    5. Family should always be first. We have started rotating holidays with family and have even had two summer vacations. Incredibly cheap when you pool together the cost of summer cottages/homes.
    6. I am proof that you can go back to school. Just completed my Associates in Visual Design (I’m almost 60 years old) and on to completing my BA in Communications I hope in less than two years. That motivational thing by quitting smoking can help here. Proof that you can see something to the end. 7. I’m always on a budget it seems. Love using freecycle.
    8. Changing jobs is what I am currently doing.
    9. Patience comes I think with age and experience. I know that being around all the young people at college helped me. They enabled me to try my best and not be so hard on not only myself but others.
    10. Helping others – Volunteer – Every community has needs. One of my efforts is working with our local library. With the economic problems our libraries are losing many funds. In our community there have been some pretty heavy hits with companies closing and moving. I found a local guy who is handicapped and loves to repair computers, then donates them to needy families. I gathered all my extra peripherals I wasn’t using along with an old, but working Quantex – Windows 98. I also gave him a working scanner that never liked working with XP. This guy is amazing and if nothing else is providing some of these families a working machine for homework and email.
    Great ideas and I am really hoping 2009 is the beginning of a new and exciting era.

  8. When it said “Top Ten Resolutions” I thought it meant screen resolutions >.< I was thinking 1280×1024 haha Well I know that my resolution as always is to lose weight and get fit!

  9. # Lose Weight. This isn’t just about the holiday pounds. Our society is getting heavier and heavier – are you? This is one of the most common resolutions people make, and it’s a good one. I’ve been working on mine for three months, and I’ve lost twenty pounds!! With determination, you can do a lot. There are many things you can do to get started. You can join a gym, order DVD workouts, join online support groups… the possibilities are endless. A great place to start would be something like Weight Watchers. They have calculators to help you keep track of what you eat, they have message boards for support, and it is a well-known name. There’s also places like Beachbody – programs that offer many options for exercise, diet and support all in one place. Keep at it, don’t give up. After all, if you don’t have your health, what do you have?
    # Eat Healthier. Be specific in your weight loss, and be honest. You know, McDonald’s isn’t going to help you lose weight, and neither are those Christmas candies. You’d be surprised at how much money you save AND how much better you feel taking a homemade lunch to work instead of eating fast food. Make some conscious choices, and use the official Food Pyramid as your guide. Plan your menus and your meals ahead, don’t shop hungry and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how you can accomplish this goal.
    # Exercise More. This one goes along with eating healthy and losing weight. You will receive better and longer lasting weight loss results, and improve your heart and lung function. Please remember to talk to your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.
    # Take Time for Family. Are you a workaholic? Do you remember the names of your children? What about birthdays and anniversaries – have you forgotten any lately? Life is short, and we need to make the most of it. You can’t take your job, your money or your computer with you when you die – but you can take your experiences and the love you share with your family. Make sure you let them know how important they are to you, and try to do it on a daily basis. If you don’t have children or you aren’t married, consider talking to your parents or extended family more often.
    # Return to School. Did you leave college before you earned a degree? Did life happen before you had a chance to get a higher education? It’s not too late, you can take online classes, night courses, or some type of correspondence course for many areas of study. You can keep your day job! All it takes is some hard work and dedication. You may qualify for financial aid, grants, scholarships… you never know unless you try. If you don’t have your GED, what are you waiting for?!? Step up and improve your life, and finish your high school education. If you are still young and not of age, please stay in school. Work hard, earn good grades, and they will take you far in life.
    # Stick to a Budget. With the state of the economy, I’m sure you are feeling the pinch. If you haven’t been laid off yet, you may want to think about keeping to a budget. Figure out your expenses, your income, your investments, and put them all in one place. There are applications like Quicken and MS Money, but there are also free programs that can help you too. You could also go “old school” and use a ledger book. The most important thing is to balance your checkbook and keep an eye on everything that goes in and out. How you keep track of that is up to you.
    # Change Jobs. Working at Wendy’s and want to get more out of life? Well, now is your chance! If you put together some of the resolutions above, you can accomplish this. You’ll be able to budget your money, go to school and work at the same time, and get your exercise to work off those half price meals. Check your local Workforce Services or job board for things you may be qualified for. Don’t sit back and complain – be proactive and do something about it!
    # Have Patience. Everyone could use more patience. Whether it be with your co-workers, your boss, your family, or your friends, try counting to ten once in a while instead of raising your voice or flying off the handle. Make sure your interactions with others are positive – make conscious choices to lift people up and not tear them down. Try listening to Tony Robbins or something, and improve your self-esteem. You’ll be surprised what an effect it can have on your relationships with others, your patience with them and the success you will have.
    # Help Others. As you know, Ponzi and I always try to help those less fortunate. There are things you can do too, even if you don’t have a lot of money. Your local food bank will always accept donations, no matter what time of year it is. Hungry people exist every day, not just around the holidays. Non-perishable foods are the best, because they have a longer shelf life and can be easily stored. Donate useful items that you don’t use anymore – glasses, coats, shoes, blankets, and wearable clothing.

    wooo we are there

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