If I were to have asked in late December -- or even late last week -- if you were making some resolutions for 2019, how many would have raised their hands?
I would guess most of you, with many of those noble goals likely targeting weight loss, spending habits and other forms of self-improvement.
Am I close?
And if I asked you a second question -- all of one week into the new year -- about how many of you have already given up on some or all of those resolutions, how many would raise those same hands?
Let's be honest. Keeping those types of resolutions can be next to impossible in many cases, so why even put yourself through an emotional meatgrinder every year around this time?
Years ago, I came up with what I felt was a workable solution to avoid the disappointment of repeated resolution failure, or as I like to call it, RRF.
The key is to be realistic. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Make you goals, or at least most of them, attainable.
Here are my resolutions for 2019:
1. Be an equal opportunity viewer: Don't spend all of your time watching only ESPN and other assorted sports networks and channels. Branch out, take in some movies, maybe even some specials on Netflix or Hulu. Be bold. Be daring.
2. Don't limit yourself: And while you're watching that big game or movie, don't always snack solely on potato chips. Add a maple-frosted doughnut or a pizza to the mix. And vary those pizza toppings -- hey, it's a new year. Branch out.
3. Go to the gym: Not necessarily to work out but to watch some of the area basketball teams in action. There are some quality venues for high school and college hoops in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. And most of the concession stands are quality, too.
4. Go south, young man: Spice up your travel plans. Don't be afraid to get behind the wheel for an old-fashioned road trip. This is the perfect time of the year when I enjoy a little weekend getaway with Kathy (a.k.a. "The Little Woman"). One of our favorite junkets is a journey south to Alton, Ill., and a stop at Fast Eddie's, home of some great burgers and fries.
5. Enjoy a movie: Make the effort to get out of the house for an evening and support your local movie theater. Kathy and I have both resolved to see "The Mule," Clint Eastwood's newest picture. Eastwood is now 88, and this could be his final film.
Just over one week into the new year, I'm feeling pretty good about myself and my resolutions. I'm still 5-for-5 with the resolution thing and going strong.
Happy New Year!