I know of four categories of people. People who hold no truck with New Year resolutions, people who make resolutions knowing full well that they are going to break them, people who make resolutions thinking they are going to keep them who then fail and finally people who make new year resolutions and keep them.
And I think that last one doesn’t exist. I’m not sure anyone has ever really kept a new year resolution.
The thinking behind my theory is this: people who actually have the self-control required to keep a resolution like that don’t need the crutch of having an excuse to make the resolution. So, I think, all the people who could keep a new year resolutions are people who hold no truck with such resolutions.
And all of this would be true except for the fact I’m going to prove myself wrong. See I’m somebody who really holds no truck with New Year resolutions but last year I was forced by friends to make one. So I did. I resolved to not take up smoking. I’ve never really smoked and over the past year I haven’t either and unless the urge suddenly, and rather miraculously, occurs in the next couple of hours I’ll have made it though a whole year keeping my resolution.
So maybe they do work after all.