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Your Take: New Year’s Resolutions?

Posted By Jim On 01/06/2012 @ 7:16 am In Personal Finance | 12 Comments

For many, 2011 was a struggle (much like 2010) as the economic troubles of our broader economy continued to bear down on everyone. Fortunately, that’s behind us and we can all look towards a better 2012. That said, with a new year comes the classic talk of resolutions. Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

To be perfectly honest, I’m not a big fan of resolutions, especially the ones around the New Year’s… I find the whole idea of changing because of an arbitrary date to be a little, well, arbitrary. That said, I think that if you want to make changes in your life, you should do it however you feel like doing it – including waiting for large date milestones like a new year. One thing that I do find a little humorous is that the gym gets packed for the first few months of the year before tapering off around March.

Instead of resolutions, I try to set goals for myself for the new year in terms of what I want to accomplish. I keep most of those for myself but the one that I will share involves golf. I picked up golf two years ago and I have discovered it’s an incredibly fun and incredibly frustrating game. According to the site oobgolf.com, on my last 20 scores, my handicap is a 15 and I hit fairways around 38% of the time (20% greens in regulation). My goal this year is to hit 50% fairways and 25% greens in regulation with a handicap of 12. I think it’s an aggressive target but it’s always good to work towards something, right? (yes, having goals around a sport/hobby like golf can seem a little capricious but it’s my resolution and I’ll set it however I want!)

Do you have any resolutions or goals for this year?


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